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How do i replace a piston seal on my front caliper, it`s a honda cb550 k3?

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Hi buddy easy task to do if you know what your doing 1st remove caliper and pads then using compressed air blow air into the caliper and the seal will pop out fast be carefull on this bit or you can do it with pliers and just grab the piston and twist it and pull it out once the piston is out you will see the seals the big one is the oil seal and the small one is the dust seal just get a screw driver and dig the back one out the oil seal and replace with the new one also it reccomended that you replace the dust seal at the same time there bugers to get back in took me an hour on my bike then clean it out inside and the piston and dab some oil on the seal before you put the piston back in this is to help it go back in use brake fluid and reinstall it all back together once all installed you need to bleed the caliper you can search on google for this buddy just type in how to bleed brakes on motorcycle get back to me if you want more info how do i replace a piston seal on my front - 0ed25f6.jpg

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