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Brake pads replacement on mazda protege 5 2002

I tryed replacing the pads on my protege 5 2002 but i wasnt able to push the cylinder back in the galliper , im wondering if there is somekind of safety device or else , or if its just stuck in place ,  can you help me please,  thanks

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If these are back brakes you can't just push the piston into the caliper , because the handbrake mechanism is keeping it locked. Try turning the piston clockwise with pliers , or check if there is a blanking plug on the back of the caliper. This would cover an adjustment screw which you turn with an allen key to retract the piston.

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If you cant push the piston into the caliper, unscrew the bolt on the back of the caliper and u can then insert a 3mm hex key and unscrew another bolt, that will loosen up the hand brake control and your piston will go in easily. I spent 2 hours fighting this until i read that on some other forum and worked like a charm :)

IMPORTANT - when u tighten the hex thing back, you MUST loosen it up a bit (1/8 of a turn or more) so ur wheel spins freely. Otherwise ur pads will rub way too much.

Good luck!

Posted on May 03, 2009


The caliper is probably siezed up and needs to be replaced

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

I just took a socket just smaller than the caliper and spun it clockwise with a socket wrench. Went right back in.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

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No it will push back u can undo the nozzile if u want to make it easy so the fluid comes out or by a camp wind up one and do it that way like machanics

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

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