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How do you compress the piston on a 1996 grand prix back brakes?


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2006-11-27 13:06:39
2006-11-27 13:06:39

Loosen the bleeder screw then squeeze the piston with a large channel lock pliers or C-clamp. I have a 96 Grand Prix SE and had the same problem....has to be screwed in not pushed in. Take the calipers off & take them to Auto Zone - they will do it for free.


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