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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Help - Front Caliper Pistons

My front brake pads have started dragging to the point with the front wheel off the ground the tire does not have any free spin. It stops as soon as my hand releases the wheel. I was attempting to clean the calipers and push pistons back in caliper per instructions on a link posted elsehere on this forum. Problem is I can't get the right side caliper pistons to retract into the caliper. I am assuming they should be flush with the caliper. I have loosened screws on master cylinder and tried to use flathead screwdriver to retract pistons but they wont budge. Now I can barely get caliper back on rotor and when I tighten down bolts wheel wont turn at all. Any suggestions appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2012, 05:24 PM
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Crack open the bleeder valve then use a big flat tip, with old pads still in it,and try and wedge them apart. If this don't work then it is time to rebuild the calipers.

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Crack open the bleeder valve then use a big flat tip, with old pads still in it,and try and wedge them apart. If this don't work then it is time to rebuild the calipers.
+1. if the pistons do retract with the bleeders open then youll probably have to change the break hose

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Thanks very much for the info. I will give it a try.

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Did you try using a small c clamp? You should use the old brake pad and put this against the piston then use the clamp to put pressure on the piston to draw in the piston straight, using a screwdriver may push the brake caliper piston in crooked and bind it up not allowing the piston the retract properly.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tip. Will try a c-clamp
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