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Rear caliper pistons may need to be rotated clockwise in order for the piston to go back in. There is a special tool called the "piston cube" sold at popular auto parts stores for this purpose. Better parts stores even "lend" tools as part of a loaner tool program.

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SOURCE: I cannot compress the rear brake caliper piston to install new pa

In the back the caliper pistons actually have to be turned... you can either do it with something that can fit in the two v-shaped notches, or you can buy a tool from Autozone, etc. that will fit on a 3/8" drive ratchet to turn the piston back in.

I did this myself for the first time about 4 weeks ago. Confused me until I asked an Autozone employee.

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they should screw in not compress

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SOURCE: how do i compress the caliper piston on rear

you should have to turn in the caliper piston there is a special tool for this looks like a cube and has different notches on it for different cars,you can get it at like autozone for cheap $5 or less,,but you attach it to the extension and then a ratchet and turn the caliper in,,,,you ccan try to use a needle nose pliers to turn it in but thats not always easy,,turn it clockwise til it stops,,it will almost be flush with the housing

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The piston must be rotated as it is pushed into the caliper. There is a special tool for this that is sold at just about all parts houses. The tool looks like a small square with various pins for various applications that goes on the end of your 3/8 drive ratchet.

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SOURCE: 2006 Kia Spectra 5 rear brake disc replacement

One side,turns right,and push in slightly,and the other side turns left,to retract.

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