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#1 Old 06-24-2010, 10:11 PM
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I own a 2008 dodge grand caravan with four wheel disc brakes,I tried to change the brake pads on the rear but couldnt get the piston to go back in,is there a trick to do that or the calipers are bad ?
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I haven't seen the piston on a grand caravan, but it might have to screw in. If it does, it will have notches in the top of the piston instead of being hollow it will be solid. You can screw it in with a pair of needle nose pliers.

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I just searched for some pics of it and it looks like it is an average piston that is hollow in the middle. You should be able to push it back in using a C clamp and the old pad.

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Open the bleeder so you don't send dirty fluid back into the system (it also makes it easier to push the piston back in. Just make sure there's enough fluid in your master and don't let it run dry.

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Hello
Thanks for the response,I tried doing it the way you mentioned,thats the way Ford or Chevys are but It didnt work,must be bad calipers
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Hello
Thanks for the response,I tried doing it the way you mentioned,thats the way Ford or Chevys are but It didnt work,must be bad calipers
Can you post a pic of your caliper?

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piston is not hollow,it is solid at the end but has two small notches across from each other,I believe it has to screw back in but havent been able to find any inf. yet to validate this
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That is the norm for rear disc brakes. You can usually get a pair of needlenose pliers and turn the piston back into the caliper using those 2 notches. The C-clamp trick only works with front disc brakes which can be pressed back into the caliper. There is also a tool out there to use to screw the rear pistons back into the bore. I know I borrowed one once from Advance Auto Parts for my VW.

You might also check out this article which explains things a little better. Step 3 seems like your issue...

http://www.ehow.com/how_5556482_use-...ston-tool.html
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thanks for your help,I will borrow a tool from Advance
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If Advance doesn't have one laying around to borrwo, they may make you buy one and then return it for refund when you are done. That's what I had to do.
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Check Harbor Freight Tools (if you have one close to you) if you can't get it from Advance. They have caliper tool sets for a 10 peice for 29.99 (online for 9.87) and an 18 peice 44.99 (online for 34.99). The store should give you the online price if you ask about it. I bought the 18 peice set for my volvo, just for more options on disk sizes. Worked well for me.
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Realistically, a large set of channel locks should be enough to rotate the pistons and get them seated on a Grand Caravan. I would really try that first before going through all the trouble with Advance or whomever.
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The rear calipers have to be screwed back in as the regular brakes and e-brake work off the piston.

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go to your local parts store and get a brake block. I picked up one for my cadillac sts when doing the rear brakes for $2.99.
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I would just screw it in with a pair of needle nose pliers

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