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    Default Rear brakes - Doing them right now!!

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    At this moment in time (while there is a "let-up" in the weather) I am trying to replace my rear pads (2.2 sri).The question I have is about winding the piston back. I bought a tool, but it doesn't fit!!! I am using long nose pliers.While I can get it to turn clockwise, it looks as though it ain't moving.Is it a matter of "winding" or do you also need to apply substantial pressure? does it take long to move back? I really need to change these today.Barely any material left on originals

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    Hi John


    I read sometime ago on here a user did his with pliars and a G clamp, half a turn at a time, i.e turn the piston half a turn and then tighten up the clamp a bit, repeat until it's gone back fully.

    HTH let me know how you get on.

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    Usually, applying force (with a small G clamp) and rotating the piston at the same time is the way to do it. Or buy the special tool !

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    He's bought one, but as usual it don't fit, I think it's a 21mm spacing, pain in the ***.

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    Stupid question.If I am using the "long nose plier" method,will using a G-clamp still be suitable? Would it not be pushing against the part of the piston I need to get access to in order to turn it? Think I am just going to get a mechaninc to do it.So far it has cost £7.50 for the WRONG wind-back tool.It would be £6 for a G-clamp.Found a mechanic that will do it for £15.Its simple enough,but just don't have the right stuff.Fronts next !!

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    you will struggle to push it back with the pliers, and the G clamp will deffo be in the way.... so use a lot of push as you turn....

    The fronts are easy.. no windbacks on them, just compress the pistons back in..

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    yea u will have the problem of the g clamp being against the piston face so u will have trouble winding the piston back. the mechanic route may be wise if u aint got the gear mate. Pity u aint a bit closer to me cos i would have thrown them in for you

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    great minds think alike eh Gary....

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    You need a G clamp that the contact base revolves freely, a normal one that is just a clamp as the guys have said wont be anygood, I think it may have been either Chunkster or Bevis that did them that way.

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