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post #1 of 21 Old 12-19-2005, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Rear brake caliper doesn't compress?

This is a really great & well informed site.

I'm replacing my rear brake pads and rotors. I was trying to compress caliper piston with the big C-clamp and it wouldn't budge. I was reading another post where on of this sites experts said that a screw driver needed to be used to turn piston before compressing. Will this apply to my 96 EX?

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It's threaded so you'll need to turn it ALL the way in.....

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You either need a big screwdriver and turn it as you're compressing it or you can rent a brake caliper compressor from auto zone. It's much easier with the tool. It looks like a reverse C clamp.
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Thanks for the help

I went to Harbor Tool Co. and purchased the caliper kit. I couldn't get either side to turn without it. Pads were complete worn down on both sides. Nothing like waiting until the very last minute to do work. I still saved money .

New rotors $32. ( set )
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Why did you buy new rotors?

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I took the original ones to two different shops...they wouldn't perform the grind. It would have been the fourth time they were resurfaced. Besides the fact that shops charge $10. to $12. per side to turn and the new rotors were $16. per side
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can't get rear caliper off

1995 EX, never changed rear pads with 154k miles. started grinding about a week ago so i'm trying to change pads but cannot get the caliper apart to get to the pads. removed the 2 bolts but think the caliper might be siezed on the pads.

any ideas on how to break loose? been using a hammer to try to tap and break loose fo an hour but with no luck.

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Uh, did you by any chance have the parking brake engaged?

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You could have gotten a tool for $5 at a parts store. It's kinda like a cube and attaches to a ratchet.

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Uh, did you by any chance have the parking brake engaged?
man don't i feel like an idiot. thank you for pointing this out. i would have been beating on that thing all day.
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man don't i feel like an idiot. thank you for pointing this out. i would have been beating on that thing all day.
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You can also use a crow bar. That's what I used when I replaced the rear pads. I think you need a big c-clamp for the front calipers. Much simpler!

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It's threaded so you'll need to turn it ALL the way in.....
My problem is I cant get it all the way in. It moves and rotate ok, but the piston still sticks almost half an inch out. I'm told the handbrake mechanism could be causing this. I disconnected the cable, to my surprise applying lot of pressure on the lever did not make the piston move. Seems to me like I need a new caliper?
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It is possible you need a new caliper. I have to date never seen one that would not screw back in. sometimes it takes a bit of effort. you need to push as you twist it, it will not screw back in by just twisting or just pushing it takes both actions.
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It is possible you need a new caliper. I have to date never seen one that would not screw back in. sometimes it takes a bit of effort. you need to push as you twist it, it will not screw back in by just twisting or just pushing it takes both actions.
It does screw back in but not all the way. My sore hands tell me I did twist and push at the same time ;-)

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