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3/28/10 7:01pm - Original Message: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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Confused Here I am after trying to figure out how to change the brake pads.The book says to depress the pistonLOL yea right it acts like the pushme pullyou from Dr Dolittle.So after an hour and being abused Ouch. I humbly ask dose any know of an easy way to do this.It looks so simple,no problem right ...boy was I wrong. Any Idea's would be greatly appecated.
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3/28/10 7:07pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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just open the bleeder screws a hair,I use a c-clamp to push them back with the bleeder open just enough to get them to go back,put a small block of wood or a piece of metal across both pistons and you can push them both back at once Thumbs Up

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3/28/10 7:08pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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I did that ,but they come back out after I pull the camp out.

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3/28/10 7:22pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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Take the cover off the master cylinder, this will allow the brake fluid to return and should let you depress the pistons.

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3/28/10 7:29pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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I did that too,acts like there a spring on the cylinders they come back out after I depress the ,and I have the cover off.I did manage to get the outside pad in .But I cann't keep the piston in long enough to get the inside pad on .When I had the four piston setup on my truck once you depress them they stayed in here they are not.

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3/28/10 8:10pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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THESE do help in the battle of the pistons, you can push them in and put on the clips and the pistons will stay in enough for the pads to slide on.  Also, when you are bleeding the brakes or opening the master cylinder be careful, brake fluid EATS PAINT.

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3/28/10 8:10pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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3/28/10 9:23pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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Hi Mick ,It,s not something that I cann't do,it's just being a some_ _ _h LOL. I'll get it tommorrow if the rain stops.Like I said it's not that I cann't do it' presenting a small problem getting it done.For the really complex things I do have a vette guy,and that all he works on.



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3/28/10 9:28pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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Thans for showing me those clips Crossfire1982,I going to check with a local vette shop who also sell some parts and see if they have them.
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3/28/10 9:38pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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I use those clips, they work great! Well worth getting a set.
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3/28/10 9:44pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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The clips are great, but if you don't have a set, here's my trick. Install the pads in the calipers, then slide a 5/8", 1/2" drive socket in between the pads to hold them(spread apart) into the caliper. Slide the caliper down over the rotor, and the socket slides right out. Some folks use the same trick with a chunk of wood cut down to the right size to fit, which will work just as well.
btw...the pistons in the calipers do have springs behind them.
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3/29/10 12:04pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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I just did that. It was ease if you use a metal 3 0r 4 inch spackle knife.  Maybe it was a 6 inch spackle knife.  I'm in Europe for the next week or I would measure the one I used which is in my tool box in San Diego. 
 
I bent it a little where it goes into the handle just to get the handle out of the way and using it you can depress both pistons and slide the pad in.  It only took me a 1minute per side after I made it.  Took me a couple of hours before I gave up on trying it without making this tool.
 
Hope it helps the hardest part will be finding a metal spackle knife


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3/29/10 4:37pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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I placed my order today with eckler's for the piston retaining clips.They told me it would take 3days to get here.The weather is suppose to clear up by then so everything worked out.Thanks to all who gave advice.
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4/1/10 6:44pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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I got the piston clips to and did the brakes WOW! they made the job so easy.I tried an auto bleeder,but I didn't like the feel of the brakes.I took the car to have the brakes bleed(I had no one to help out).Again I want to thank all who gave suggestions Thank You.
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4/1/10 7:58pm - Reply: 'Ok What's The Easy Way???'
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Rick, look at the SPEEDBLEEDERS, they are great for one man brake bleeding.  They really do work I have them on my car and love them. Crossfire19822010-04-01 17:59:53

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