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I have removed the rear brake pads but can't get the cylinder to go back so i can fit the new pads on my VW golf

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A "C" clamp slowly screwed in should do it. Put screw end inside cup (piston) . I also use a wooden handle of a hammer to push inside cup. Wedge caliper against something solid, and push hard with hammer handle inside caliper piston. Hard and steady, it should slowly go. If not , crack bleeder screw slightly, just remember to bleed after installed.

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