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Changing rear brakes on a 2001 volkswagon jetta

I am having trouble getting the rear calipers to calapes to get the new pads on and put it back on the roaters.

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You probably have a screw-in caliper piston design like my 99 A4 has. You need a tool that is made for screwing the calipers in - AutoZone has them as part of their tool loan program. Look at the face of the piston - if you see two indents or notches across from each other on the face, then you have screw-in pistons and need the kit to do them.

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