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Rear brakes on 2005 F-150

I am trying to replace the rear brake pads & rotors of my 2005 F-150. I got the caliper & rotor off easy enough But even with a C-clamp I can't seem to push in the brake piston so I can replace the caliper. I've never bled brakes before so I'm a little foggy on the bleed valve location, what it looks like, etc. I've always been the helper in the car pumping the brakes. any help would be appreciated.

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If you can't compress the piston with reasonable ease...you may have a frozen caliper. It does not "screw in" like GM models. It either presses back into caliper or it doesn't. If it's that hard to press it back in...get a new caliper.

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