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went to put new brakes on my 92 ram D150 and now ive got them off, but i cant compress the piston on the caliper. any ingenious ways of compressing it? ive tried a c clamp and the clapm bent, i straightened it a couple times, but the clamp keeps benfin before the piston moves. help please
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If a caliper is hard to compress it usually means there is rust inside and it needs replaced. If it is hard to press in with a C clamp then it won't release as much as it should while driving and will either wear the brake pads out fast on that side or cause the brakes to pull to one side.
When you first try pressing the caliper in I usually put the old pad across the piston so I can press in the middle.
from past problems if a brake caliper wont compress replace it. When you do replace it also replace the other side. Alwaysreplace in pairs and then flush the brake system out, if you dont have the tools to do that try taking it to a auto repair place and have them do a brake system fluse. Your barke will thatnk you for that....lol.