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I want to replace brake pads on 2003 Honda Civic SI with anti-lock brakes. Can I just use a large C-clamp to push in brake caliper piston?

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Yes you can,dont forget to open the master cylinder cover as the fluid will go back to the cylinder,just watch out for the sensor near the caliper it looks like a black cable pointing at the back of the rotor,if this helps please vote me a fix ya

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There is an article on this solution I found it here

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