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How do I compress the cylinder in changing the rear brakes of the 2008 dodge grand caravan

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If these are drum (not disc) brakes, you should be able to just open the bleed screw a bit (on the back side of the backing plate), and push the pistons back in as you install the new shoes.
Bleed the brakes as normal when you are finished.

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I'm changing the rear brakes on my 2008 Dodge G.Caravan, I dunno how to compress the rear caiper piston, in order to fit the new pads on the rotor.

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Older vehicles with caliper parking brakes rotated their pistons in a ratchet effect.To retract those they needed to be pushed in and rotated at the same time.I cannot stand rear disc brakes.Seems they fail way too often.GM had that issue with its W body cars (1987-up),pads would wear to steel in 6 months or less. Did the face of the piston have 2 or 4 square/rectangular/round holes in it? There is a tool to hook onto a ratchet to let you turn and push the piston back in. If you banged it in, the system may not work correctly.
Go and rent the Caliper Brake Kit from Auto Zone, it make your brake job way easier. This tool compresses the piston while it rotates clockwise. So if you are going to do your own rear brake job get this tool or something similar. 
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