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What is required to let the piston to be pressed back into the rear caliper to have clearance for new disks ?? 2008 Town & Country Limited lloyro@yahoo.com .

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Need a tool, to turn the parking brake adjuster,
as you push piston in

If you open bleeder valve, it will be easier

You have to flush brakes on all vehicles,
every 2 years anyway

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Replacing pads and rotor


Front and back rotors are different. For front rotors, after you remove the wheel you need to remove the bolts holding the caliper to the mounting spindle. The bolt can be a standard 6 face head, a recessed hex, or even a torx or star head recessed bolt.

With bolts removed, the caliper can be worked away from the anti-rattle clips the caliper slides on. These clips are called "hardware" and should be replaced.

The caliper pistons need to be pressed back into position because the new pads are thicker than what you removed. The calipers should be tied and suspended and not allowed to hang by their brake lines while you work with the rotors. Use a "c" clamp and an old brake pad to press the pistons back in. Sometimes it is good to remove the cap on the Master cylinder to allow for brake fluid to travel back to the Master.

Either replace or turn the old rotors and then put the brake hardware in place. Lube the caliper slides. then as a unit position the pads into the caliper and hang the caliper over the rotor. The caliper will hang and pivot into place. Replace and tighten the mounting bolts.

The rear brakes are more of a problem due to a second set of Emergency brakes in rear assemblies. So you have 2 sets of rear brakes, the Emergencies requiring clearance to remove the rear rotors. Some car models require readjustment of the Emergency cables before reassembly.

In all, I would suggest that you be an observer for your first brake job. At least get a Video of the process at a number of autoparts stores. You can wind up with a car you can not drive or reassemble without help.

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How do I get the caliper to fit back over the new pads, those being obviously thicker because they are new. I can't figure out how to get the cylinder on the caliper compressed to fit over the new pads. My...


the pistons on the rear brake calipers on many modern cars screw in and out unlike the front caliper pistons that just slide in and out.This is due to the handbrake using the rear calipers for handbrake operation. A special tool is normally required that screws the pistons back in so that you can fit the new pads. On many cars one side will be a left hand thread and the other a right hand thread. Some cars will be the same thread. These rear pistons will not just push in. Good luck.

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I'm changing the brake pads on the rear tires of a sentra se r 2004. i am not able to push the cyclinder to the brake housing in put the housing back over the roter with the new break pads. the e-break is...


HI,
Usually one would use a "C" clamp to squeeze the piston flush with the caliper for the clearance needed. If you do not have access to a "C" clamp you can use the old brake pad as a cushion and pry with a crow bar or a large screw driver, the piston backwards for clearance. Try and pry evenly as not to **** the piston in the caliper.
I hope this may have helped you.
Wayne

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How do you replace the rear axle collar?


Remove the wheel. Push the brake caliper piston back with a prybar or heavy screwdriver to make clearance to remove the caliper. Remove the entire caliper assembly by removing the 2 large bolts with an 18 mm socket and breaker bar.(they are tight!). Remove the rotor. Remove the 4 nuts on the axle retaining ring located behind backing plate using a 9/16" wrench. Attach a slide hammer to the wheel studs on the axle and hammer the axle out. Put the axle in an arbor press and press the bearings off of the axle. Press new bearings, seal and collar back onto the axle. Reassemble the rotor, caliper, etc. This can be done at home if you have access to a slide hammer and arbor press and some basic hand tools.

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Can not get rear break piston to compress to allow for new pads


The rear disk brake piston does not compress back into the caliper, it has notces on the caliper piston that a tool fits into and the caliper piston is actually turned or screwed back into the caliper, and a notch in the piston must also be aligned to fit the the small protrusion from the backing plate of the inner brake pad.

The brake tool can be obtained from most auto part stores, and it is usually square with protrusions sticking out from the sides in different patterns to fit various caliper pistons, and it usually attaches to a 3/8" drive extension and ratchet.

Do not compress this type of caliper piston because the caliper can damaged.

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Compressing the rear disc brake caliper on 2008 grand caravan


The rear calipers on these models require a special tool that compresses and turns the piston in at the same time -- most parts stores carry this tool.

It is called a caliper piston press -- and it installs where the pads would go and acts like a c-clamp,when turning handle it will turn the caliper piston backinto the caliper as it compresses it.
Anytime the brake rotor or brake pads are being replaced, the rear caliper piston must be seated (bottomed) to compensate for the new brake rotor or lining. Because the Parking Brake self-adjuster mechanism is attached to the piston, a special seating method is required. The only acceptable method is by rotating the piston back into the bore using Retractor,MILLER Special Tool 8807, . Any other seating method will damage the self-adjuster mechanism.
Good luck and hope this helps.

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Cannot fit caliper w/new pads on rotor(rear brakes)


Squeeze the pistons with large pliere to get a little more clearance

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I would like to change the brake pads on a 2006 subaru legacy gt myself


Be sure to have the special tool to compress the caliper pistons.It is a small press that fits in the caliper which turns and presses the piston back down to allow clearance for new pads.make sure to turn to the point where the relief in the piston will accept the node on the pad.

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Are any special tools required or any special process to change the rear brake pads on a 2006 Jetta? I have changed pads on BMW's Fords Chevys etc....but you never know, so I thought I'd ask. thanks!


These cars usually have disk brakes in the back. You need a caliper piston rotator tool, this tool fits into the caliper piston and you must turn it in to retract the piston, it fits onto a 3/8 " drive socket wrench. Npa sell a universal one for like $15.00 - $20.00.

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Passat 2003 tdi, brake pad change..


Proper size wrenches and a large C-clamp to push piston back into the caliper is only tools for the front, but back disk brakes require special tool to TURN the piston as it is pushed back into caliper to reset emergency brake. This tool can often be borrowed from Auto parts store or purchased from Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=40732 for about $20. Don't try to service rear disks without the tool, Calipers can be broken if not retracted properly!

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