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[Fwd: Re: Brakes (I need one)]

John Garasimowicz wrote:
> Justin Condon wrote:
> >
> > I am having a problem putting new brakes on my SVO.  I can't compress
> > the calipers for the life of me.  I use a small vice (that I can fit in
> > the tight space) and can't get enough space to put the new pads on and
> > fit the caliper over the damn rotor.  Anyone ever had this problem?  Am
> > I crazy?  I don't want to ruin my calipers by applying ungodly amounts
> > of pressure to compress them so what should I do?  Any help appreciated.
> >
> > Justin
> Justin, I hope you aren't doing that to rear calipers or you will be
> replacing them. Stop at your parts store and purchase a small
> (inexpensive) tool that will fit on your ratchet and screw the pistons
> inward until your pads fit. Be careful to line up the pins on your pad
> to the mating holes in the piston. Leave .020 to .030 play between pad
> and piston. Your park brake will finish the adjustment. BTW Always use
> the park brake our you will lose rear braking from the rear as the park
> brake mechanism ratchets out the caliper piston to a point and
> hydraulics finish the job.
> John  '87 TC (with brakes very similar to yours)