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Can't compress the rear calipers enough to fit over new rotor. Any suggestions?

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Some newer cars have rear brake caliper pistons that have to be turned and pressed at the same time, to move them inward. You might be able to turn it, with a wrench, while pressing it in at the same time. If not there is a caliper tool, that is used with a ratchet handle, made for this purpose.

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