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Old 06-11-2002, 19:15   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help as to HOW THE **** ya get those brake pistons back in their bores?!?!?! Ive tried everything! What am i doing wrong? Isnt it supposed to just push back in?

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You can get a special tool thing that sits in the caliper and u twist it to push the piston back in. You can also use a clamp like a quick release F clamp or a G clamp, just make sure the clamp sits in the centre of the piston so that it goes back in straight. Also you might wanna undo the bleed valve a lil bit or take the top of the resevoir so that the top of the resevoir doesnt pop off and fluid fly's everywhere. It shouldn't be too hard to get back in
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Thanx ed... So its supposed to just slide back in?? The gregories manual says something about screwing it in anti-clockwise? Hmmm. I might try and open the bleed valve a little like u said.

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Have you just changed the pads or pulled the whole thing apart? if you're just changing the pads it just slides back in. My Haynes manual doesnt say anyting about screwing it back in. It's alot easier just to take the cover of the resevoir aswell instead of bleeding it
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Are they the front or the back ones?!? I just remembered, the back ones just dont slide in!
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Old 06-11-2002, 19:46   #6 (permalink)
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The rear brakes have the parking brake as part of the caliper assembly and a tool is used to turn the piston to retract it into the caliper. My J.C. Whitney catalog lists two; one for $50 U.S. and another for $9 U.S. I suppose you could use some makeshift tool. Do you have any kind of shop manual?

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You can pick the tool up at Supercheap for about $30 from memory
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Old 06-11-2002, 22:28   #8 (permalink)
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Seized....

Well guys, i just had the lube mobile guy out and he said that its all seized up. The piston should screw in anticlockwise but it wouldnt budge. This is also why the pad wore out soo fast. It was dragging on the disc coz it wouldnt retract when the pedal was released. Cost me $230 to replace! Grrrr

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HAHAHAHA i dont envy you. We tried doing on a mates car and i've never heard that much swearing and cursing in my life. It is funny now but we were about to burn the car.

Dont even think of trying it without that little special tool
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You dont need that special tool thnig...my mate did em with a monkey wrench and a bit of patience
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