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post #1 of 6 Old Aug 17th, 2013, 7:00 pm Thread Starter
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I replaced my tires today (Metzelers Thanks for asking). I am attempting to put the calipers back on but the pads are pressed together.What is the best way to get them apart to slide disc in?

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Re: front wheel install

Don't know if there is a best way.

But if you can get a wide flat pry bar to open them up, slowly, try to not dig into the pad. Just rock the pry bar back an forth until you get them opened. Once you have then opened you can rock them onto the disk.

Or you could take the pads out and use large slip joint plier to compress the pistons back into the caliper.Then reinstall the pads.

Something that helps compressing the pads is to crack open the bled valve while you are pushing the pads back in, just remember to keep constant pressure so you don't suck air back into the caliper.

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Re: front wheel install

Thanks John you got me heading in the right direction. I broke out ol Mr C clamp and pushed those pistons out of the way

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Re: front wheel install

All the big box home improvement stores sell wood shims that are great to wedge in the pads to push them back. Oops I see I am too late.

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Re: front wheel install

When you push one caliper back the other pads on the other caliper can come out some. So install the one caliper before you push the other caliper pads back.

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Re: front wheel install

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Thanks John you got me heading in the right direction. I broke out ol Mr C clamp and pushed those pistons out of the way
Great you got it done.
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The reason for the slowly part was you are pushing fluid back into the ABS unit and it could overflow and make a mess. Also like Dave mentioned it is a dual caliper so when you push on one the other moves also.
Next time you might want to use wooden wedges JohnZ was talking about, just slide them in between the pads as soon as you get them off the mount so they will not compress.

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