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Front brake calipers, compressing piston? FRONT parking brake!?!!
Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:58 PM
I feel like I recently did front brakes on either my other Brat or my friend's '89 Loyale I helped him find, but I guess not and I can't seem to compress the piston back in to allow room for fresh brake pads.
This is the weirdest design, with front-parking-brake that cable-squeezes the front caliper.
How to compress piston? I can't seem to turn to the left or the right, and I can't seem to compress with a C-clamp.
The pads on my drivers side were worn exactly like |\
one edge of each pad was starting to rub metal, and the other edge still had 1/4" of pad left.
I was getting a bad front-wheel shake as soon as I let off heavy throttle or braked lightly.
Posted 15 April 2011 - 10:17 PM
It also sounds like the caliper is sticking. When you have the caliper seperated put some grease on the pi.
Edited by Turbone, 15 April 2011 - 10:19 PM.
Posted 15 April 2011 - 11:45 PM
Posted 16 April 2011 - 12:15 PM
Posted 16 April 2011 - 01:02 PM
I just use some needle-nose pliers, push and turn at the same time...
Duckbills also work and fit in the piston notch a bit better.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 01:14 AM
I got a tool from checker-O'riley tonight, and finished the brake job tonight. Should be perfect now.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 07:36 AM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:53 AM
any method will work so long as you do not damage the rubber boots.
Posted 18 April 2011 - 06:26 AM
I guess I gotta consider the seals on the pistons of both calipers.
Maybe have to end up swapping brake calipers.
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