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BAck Brakes Do I need A special tool to use for the back brake caliper in order to push it in or can i use a C clamp? and if i do need a special tool what is the name of it ?

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    the calibor wont push in



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DON'T FORCE THE PISTON WITH A C-CLAMP! On VW rear disc brakes you need to rotate the piston while pushing it back in otherwise you will mess up the caliper. You do need a special tool and can probably borrow one from an auto parts store. If not they can be purchased for ~$50. Look here:

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