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if they are disk brakes in the rear and the plunger is smooth or is concaved then you should just be able to push them back in, if there is a slot or a cross in the plunger try turning it like you would a screw and they should go in other than that i dont know

In addition to the above answer, as I found out on my '88. If you have to twist the piston into the caliper, there is a tool that resembles a cube with little bumps on it that works with a 3/8" ratchet availiable at a parts house, I paid about $12 for mine.

Actually I rented the tool at autozone, complete refund with no purchase. It turns and compresses the cylinder at the same time.

Use caution the piston has a worm thread in it, this is how the parking brake works. Never use a c-clamp to compress the piston in on this type of caliper. As stated above use the tool to twist the piston inward. If you strip the the threads you will have premature brake pad wear. To pre load the piston's back when the calipers are back on engage the parking brake 20 times this will push the pistons out so when you step on the brake the pedal does not go to the floor.

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