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    Thread: How to compress the rear brake piston on cabrio????

    1. Member 330iZHP's Avatar
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      02-01-2010 07:59 PM #1
      anyone have advice on how to turn/compress the pistons on the rear calipers on a vw cabrio - and yes, I have the little square brake tool

      I am trying to change the brakes on my daughters 1999 Cabrio.

      Hell, changing the timing belt, water pump and valve cover gasket was less hassle


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      02-01-2010 08:04 PM #2
      make sure the ebrake isnt on and do you have the brake tool that spins as well? on rear brakes you need to push and spin it back.

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      02-01-2010 08:04 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by 330iZHP »
      anyone have advice

      get the proper tool for the job
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      02-01-2010 08:46 PM #4
      You can get a tool at your local parts store that will work too as other makes require the rears to be spun at the same time.
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      02-01-2010 08:57 PM #5
      i always just used a c-clamp in the center of the piston, may not be the recommended way but always worked for me no problems.

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      02-01-2010 09:13 PM #6
      that works for the front...but the back need to be spun as well

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      02-01-2010 09:15 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Charcoal_Grey »
      that works for the front...but the back need to be spun as well

      that is the only way I knew how - either that or a large vise grip

      I just went and rented the fancy tool - i will try it in the morning...i have had it for the night...after having faught with the timing belt, etc....and wasting 3 hours at the DMV getting tags for the thing


    8. 02-01-2010 10:56 PM #8
      thats square tool sucks asss! i tried it on my brother's car... omg what a pain in the ass it was... borrow that fancy tool is the way to go!

      trust me once you use that tool it'll be so easy!


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      02-01-2010 11:08 PM #9
      Yep, easiest way to ruin mk3 rear calipers is to use the wrong tool to recompress the pistons. They have to be rotated back in.

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      02-01-2010 11:39 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by refused1090 »
      i always just used a c-clamp in the center of the piston, may not be the recommended way but always worked for me no problems.

      Used a c clamp and took a pair of channel locks then turned it.


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      02-01-2010 11:41 PM #11
      I rented the tool for free at autozone. Just give them a deposit and then you get your money back when you return them
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      02-02-2010 01:57 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by effdbmx1 »
      I rented the tool for free at autozone. Just give them a deposit and then you get your money back when you return them

      That is the deal at Advanced Auto parts as well


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      04-26-2010 01:39 AM #13
      Ill be doing this tomorrow, Whats the name of the tool? Just to save me some embarrassment. I can see it now "I need a rear brake twister for a VW.." .. Autozone guy.. "Um, What"

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      04-26-2010 02:05 AM #14

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      04-26-2010 02:22 AM #15
      channel locks and a c-clamp.
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