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Answered 2011-09-13 00:42:35

Go To The Hardware Store or Parts House. Purchase a 4 Inch C Clamp. Put The Old Shoe In The Caliper ( the one on the piston side ) Open the C Clamp Enough To Clamp On Pad And Back Of Caliper. Just Tighten Down. Works Great. Best To You

AnswerOn most all REAR calipers you need a tool to turn the piston back in, you can pick up the tool at any part store normally for less than $10. Hope you don't damage the caliper by trying to squeeze the puck in with a clamp. You must remember that the puck on most car rear calipers is also used to apply the parking brake.

Can someone provide a link to the mentioned tool?? I went to 2 local parts stores, and neither had heard of doing this, but I've got a 2000 Mustang GT with rear calipers that just don't want to compress with the ol' C-Clamp like I'm used to.. Any more detail would be great!

Yes the piston must be turned back in (clockwise, a C clamp won't do it unless you turn the piston as you press). Autozone sells the tool for about $10. You can also use a pair of vise-grips but you must be careful not to damage the piston or the boot and push the piston in as you turn it. I have heard some have had success turning them using a pair of needle nosed pliers slipped in the piston notches. You must also remove the brake fluid reservoir cap before attempting, as the piston goes back in the brake fluid is displaced back to the reservoir (this makes it much easier anyway instead of cracking the bleeder).

Do yourself a big favor and spend the money on the round disc type tool and not the square block type this one is ok for a newer and well kept system but if you hve any type of build up or someone before you has used a couple of screwdrivers or needle nose pliers the disc type gets a much better grip. Also if you do this type of work often there is a complete kit available for about 50 buck that has a holder for the tool that attaches to the caliper and turns the tool and the caliper in at the same time. The kit includes multiple bits so you can lend your friend the one he needs for his car :)

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