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Tried to replace the rear brake pads on a Malibu LS 2008. used a C-clamp but could not get the cylinder in enough for the new pads to go over the rotor. Saw a response for a 2006 malibu, does the cylinder need to be turned while being tightened. This is the first time i have done rear brakes with a parking brake. i did the front pads about a week before with no issues.

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On the face of the piston you will see two small holes. There is a tool that fits into them so you can screw the piston down into it's retracted position. you can't do that with clamp.

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