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chudsy 08-20-2013 02:12 AM

Changing rear brake pads - problem !!
Hi All,
I've got the correct new pads and watched a great video on youtube how to do it but I cannot compress the piston far enough back to get the caliper back on. I've got the g clamp as tight as I can get it but I'm still about 8-10mm shy of getting them back on.
Should I compress the piston and open the bleed nipple or is there some other trick someone can suggest?
Many thanks,

Frango100 08-20-2013 04:18 AM

Re: Changing rear brake pads - problem !!
Changed mine some time ago, but didn' t encounter any problems pushing back the pistpns. Did you check if the fluid reservoir is not completely full?

chudsy 08-20-2013 07:28 AM

Re: Changing rear brake pads - problem !!
Hi Frank,
Yep, resevoir was fine - took the cap off to let teh fluid go back in.
The garage said the piston maybe partially seized which he said he could fix si it's going in thursday - new disks as well will be needed by then :mad:

Baalic 08-20-2013 10:14 PM

Re: Changing rear brake pads - problem !!
Brakes can be a pain when pushing the Caliper, how big are your C clamps? Maybe try bigger ones to get more leverage??

kennzz05 08-21-2013 01:08 AM

Re: Changing rear brake pads - problem !!
tried loosening the bleeder?

tomk 08-21-2013 06:18 PM

Re: Changing rear brake pads - problem !!
always always ALWAYS (IMHO) open the bleeder when pushing the caliper pistons back in. No sense pushing all that abused fluid back into the system.

I usually use one of the old brake pads and a Jorgensen carpenter's clamp to crank the piston back in. Make sure you don't pinch the boot. The piston should be almost flush with the caliper face when it is fully retracted.


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