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Old 02-08-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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rear caliper will not push in to let new pads in

So, I thought I'd ave myself some money and change all my rotors and pads on my SVT. Well the front went well (after a 30 min fight with the retaining spring) -BUT the rear left caliper will NOT push back enough to get the new pads in.

I am am doomed to buy a new caliper? I went to the autostore and got a beefy hub puller and used that as a "pusher" with a 24 inch wrench arm! and it still would not go back in. Do I have to open the bleed valve? The resovior is open with cloth all around to catch any over spill - but it will not move.

Any ideas before I take it off and get a new one?


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You will have a hard time pressing the caliper in.

The reason is that it is a screw type caliper. Go to Autozone and pay for the $5 tool.

If you are so inclined, you can even attach it to a power drill.

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A little further explaination...

You have to twist the piston back into the caliper. Turn counter clockwise and it should go right back in.
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Most rear discs have to have the piston rotated back into place. Are there two opposing slots or holes on the outside edge of the piston face?
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^^ Welcome to Focus Fanatics !!

It is actually a cross. It looks like this: -|- on the piston.

You can use a long handled screwdriver as well, but I have found that the brake tool makes things a lot easier.
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Yes much easier. And yes it works to back the piston out twisting counter-clockwise first and then twisting it in. I found this out the first time doing my pads after no joke an hour and a half of trying to just twist them in. Just didn't work. Backed em out a little and then they went in no problem.
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I've seen it done with a large channel-lock before. But yes, the tool really helps.
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Or a C-Clamp.
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C-clamp works on the fronts but not rears as they need to be twisted in. Actually not much pressure is needed at all to twist the rears in. The threads are so small though it often seems like nothing is happening even though it is.
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That tool that WeeAsp is talking about is a C-clamp with another cross pattern surface to lock into the piston to turn it back in.
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