Changing Rear Brake Pads

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  1. stang357

    stang357 New Member

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    I am attempting to change my rear brake pads. I found out after my frustration with a c-clamp method of compressing the piston that I need a special reset tool. I purchased it and am turning the tool via a rachet in a clockwise direction. I understand that this is to compress the piston to it's rested posision. Unfortunately, it is not. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Got it figured out...

    OK. For anyone interested... I found that for whatever reason... you need to turn the callipar reset tool in a counterclockwise direction to turn the piston all the way out before compressing it (in a clockwise direction). It is the only way it will seat. I hope this is helpful to someone. I know I could have used this information 9 hours ago! As simple as it ended up being, this was an all day project. The second wheel took me about 20 minutes.
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    I'm not sure why turning it counterclockwise helped. As far as I know, it only needs to be turned clockwise.

    The way I got my pistons in was to use a large C-clamp to put pressure on the face of the piston while carefully turning it clockwise with channellocks. It worked like a charm!
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    +1...and I hope you turned your rotors.
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    The rear rotors are especially prone to warping.Look at your rotors and take note as to whether or not the rotor surface is glazed.That is,a mirror shine.They should not have a mirror shine.That means they are glazed and the pads have been riding the surface excessively. -Caused by either a slightly sticking parking brake,a person who rides the brakes (resting foot on pedal) or calipers that stick.- New pads wont stop as well if the rotor surface is too slick.Have them turned by a shop or buy new rotors.

    And finally,make sure you added caliper grease to the caliper slide pins.This will help prevent future issues of sticking calipers and pre-mature worn pads/rotors.

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