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    According to Haynes you can use 'sturdy circlip pliers' to rewind the calipers on a Vec C.
    According to everyone else you need a 1324 tool with a vauxhall adaptor cost (even on ebay) about £30 for the tool + adaptor.
    Before I get down to the nitty gritty of changing the pads and discs I wondered if anyone has experience of useing the rewind tool or not and how easy 'not' is !!
    I don't want to ****** up the calipers but equally don't really want to spent £30 on a one use tool..if you undersatnd what I mean.
    tight fisted git ?
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    If you look on ebay mate, you can get a rewind tool on there that fits onto a 3/8" drive and works perfectly, delivered for about a tenner...

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    Typo..
    1314 tool

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    Thing is you need to put pressure on the piston whilst rewinging it. I belive some members have used a G clamp and got away with it. But unless you are confident and know what you are doing, it might be best to get the proper tool. Do you have any Mechanicly minded mates. I doubt it that you would ruin the piston. But I belive there is quite a lot of pressure needed to wind it back.

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    i got one from halfords but it didnt fit,was is a hurry to get it done and didnt even look to see if it would.had to give it to my dads pal who drilled it and put pins in,now..perfect.handy tool to have aswell

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    I have looked at ebay The vauxhall adaptor from Bazzza needs the 1314 tool. I asked him if it'll fit on 3/8 drive and he says no..

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    Yup, it does need a bit of pressure to push in at the same time, as I discovered, but it is do-able...

    This is the tool...

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/vauxhall-Vectr...1%7C240%3A1318

    Although come to think of it, I could send you mine as I'm not expecting to have to do my rear brakes again for some time...

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    I have used G clamps to squeeze calipers back on other cars and its worked, is Vec C calipers harder to do than normal ?

    I wonder if releasing the bleed nipple would help ??

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    Nah, I had my caliper completely disconnected and it was still really stiff to push in and turn at the same time...

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    You can do it without the special tool.

    I have successfully changed my rear pads twice without one.

    I used a large headed bolt to which I welded 2 small pins at the correct spacing to fit the piston face.
    Then a G clamp to apply a pushing force whilst turning the bolt with a spanner to rewind the piston. It is easier to do both actions your self, as you can feel it far better and turn the bolt and G clamp accordingly.

    I'm just a skinflint who doesn't want to buy a tool when one can be improvised quicker than going to the shop, and can be done for free too.

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