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Im doing my back brakes on my 2002 golf tdi. i have the caliper off. i was trying to put my C clamp on it and push it back so i can make room for the new pads and rotor. But Im hitting resisitance. It clearly doesnt want to move easy. I took the emergency brake cable off too and still not working. I took my pliers and i could spin the piston but i cant get it to go back in... any ideas?

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The brakes have an automatic emergency brake adjustment and because of this a special technique is required to get the piston pushed back in. Hopefully you didn't force it and damage it. You can also buy a special tool that will do the job but you can also use a C-clamp and a pair of channel lock pliers. Put the C-clamp on and put a little bit of pressure on the piston. With the channel locks grab the metal edge of the piston and twist it (can't remember the direction but it will be apparent when you do this) until the C-clamp loosens up a bit. Adjust the C-clamp to put some pressure on the piston again and twist the piston again. This will slowly work the piston back to where you can install the new pads. Be careful not to pinch the rubber boot when you are grabbing the piston edge with the pliers.

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