How do i retract the rear brake caliper pistons
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    How do i retract the rear brake caliper pistons

    got the caliper off and disasembled, went to c-clamp it down, didnt work.
    neither did rotating it clockwise.

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    you need to use needle nose pliers and twist and push inward at the same time. rear caliper retract tools are easier though. you can either buy one, or rent it free(you get your money back when you return it) from autozone or what not.

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    go ghetto and use c-clamps and needle nose pliers.

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    I've seen rear calipers damaged using needle nose pliers to reset the piston. D.Passat00, hit the nail on the head with renting a Caliper Piston Retraction Tool from a local Autoparts store. You can also buy one from Adirondak Auto Parts for about $48.00!


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    So much easier with the proper tools, I strugled on for an hour with round nosed pliers, c clamps,bits of wood & sore hands with no joy , went to garage & purchased the piston retractor tool.......15 min later both brakes done.

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    You can borrow the tool for free from Autozone. I just did it last weekend and it was a breeze!

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    Perhaps a picture would help. Consider borrowing or buying this set:



    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=40732

    Some more pictures:



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    i have the hft kit, and it's definately worth it! it's got many sizes, so you can use it on other cars too (not that any of us would have anything other than a B5)

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    You can rent the tool from ecs-tuning.com

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