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Old 10-30-2006, 04:55 PM   #6
Jekster
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Quote:
Originally posted by bananaboat
Have you decompressed the brake piston? I've got a large 6" C-clamp and short 2x4 that I've used to push the piston and let off the pressure. Be careful since decompressing too much can overflow your brake fluid reservoir. You might have to drain off some fluid.

I don't know about the Focus but on most vehicles, your caliper will be hanging by the brake line afterwards. A good reason to have a few feet of baling wire close at hand to hang the caliper once it's removed so you don't have all that weight on the brake line.
I'm guessing it's either stuck on like Ska said (and I just need to tap it with a mallet) or that I need to decompress the piston a bit. My only question is how do you access the piston without taking off the caliper? There isn't much room to get a C clamp in there let alone with a piece of 2x4. Can you describe this process a bit more?
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