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How can you open a stuck rear brake caliper on a 1996 Ford Taurus?


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2009-05-20 10:16:13
2009-05-20 10:16:13

You will need to pry it off the rotor after you loosened the bleeder. Don't try to rebuild it yourself; buy a new or rebuilt unit.


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Remove wheel, remove the bolt holding brake hose to the caliper, remove the two pins that hold the caliper to the caliper bracket using a 3/8" allen wrench, remove caliper. Inspect brake pads and brake hose for damage, replace if necessary. Install new brake caliper in reverse order. Bleed system.

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Remove wheels Loosen 2 caliper mounting bolts and remove Remove Rotor (if peel off type) Resecure caliper Remove brake pads Need to get special tool to retract piston into caliper Do not retract using "C" clamp these pistons have to screw back into calpier (Clockwise) After piston retracted totally install new brake pads and reverse procedure to install DO NOT MOVE VEHICLE UNTIL BRAKE IS PUMPED TO RESET PADS TO CALIPER

Front wheels? Remove wheels Remove caliper mounting bolts Slide caliper off rotor Use a "C" clamp to fully compress piston into caliper body Replace inner and outer pads Re-install caliper PUMP BRAKE PEDAL TO SET PADS AGAINST ROTOR PRIOR TO MOVING VEHICLE

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The 1996 Ford Taurus sedan is approximately ( 197.5 inches long )

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