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back brakes changing pads

how come i cant get the pistons back on my mazda 3 on the back brakes they are not siezing up just wants to change pads

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I like to take the old pads, and a big C-clamp. Put the old pad back on the piston, and put the clamp around the pad and the caliper. When you start to turn in, the piston should move back evenly. You may be having trouble if you started to move the piston back crooked.

The other answer is that your caliper is bad and this can occur if the brakes were too long between changing. If you push the piston out too far due to severely worn brakes past the lining and into the metal you might not be able to get it back in and you would be looking at replacement of the caliper.

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True, you sometimes have to turn them in while you keep pressure on the piston. There is a tool made for it, but I still have had good luck with a C-clamp and a pair of channel lock pliers.


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You have to turn it clockwise at the same time you push it in

You probably need a special tool or a pair of long nose but with the long nose plier you have to be careful not to tear the rubber around the piston

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