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How do i retract the piston on the rear calipers on a 1994 saturn sl1

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I believe with a 6" C-clamp, unless it has audi stamped on it then you will need a special tool that looks like a boxed cube with tips on it, these are sold at an auto parts dealer, as with this model it screws in not pushed in. Hope this helped Tim

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