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Rear brakes on 1998 mercury sable

How to retract rear brake caliper to replace brake pads

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  • musbi1 May 18, 2008

    Since the parking brake is part of the caliper, I don't know if there is a special way to get the piston to retract to change the pads.

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    cant get the piston to compress on rear caliper

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    how to replace rear brake caliper

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    brake switch for brakes and transmission

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    rear brake caliper is sticking and causing the brake pad to burn

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    wheels leaning out

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    No brake lights

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Actually theres a special tool that connects to an air pump hose that expands the caliper back but you can use a vise if your very careful with pressing it back or locking clamp that you can use like a vise but this requires hand presure loosen bleed screw then use the vise

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If it's anything like my old 93 Sable, you will have to disconnect the parking brake cable from the caliper before you can retract the piston. You should be able to do this with rudimentary tools - screwdriver, pliers. Also, the pistons on those type of calipers will NOT compress back into the cylinder. You will need to get a piston-retracting tool from your car parts store. These types of pistons need to be screwed back in by getting this tool and using a ratchet to press & turn at the same time. Have a swear jar and a few bandaids handy.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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I've done it and hated every minute of it.

Get a quality brake piston rotator tool. The Autozone 5 sided cube is no good.

you will have to spin the piston back about 4-5 turns until it fully retracts.

The expanding/ 500lb pressure clamps do no good b/c the brake is like a hydraulic screw. You can't compress this type of brake.
Starting the rotation of the piston back will require two people

1 to hold the tool and ratchet on the piston, the other to turn the ratchet.



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