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You will need a couple of screw drivers to push pistons back in and a pair of pliers to remove clips off pins holding pads and a small long punch to tap pins out, then clean top and bottm of caliper where pads sit, use small steel brush.the first thing i do is get a screw driver inbetween pad and rotor and pry pistons back slowly then the same for the outer pistons, then remove pins and pads, hope this helps, note; caliper does not need to be removed.

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