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Fitting rear brake pads

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by circleswim, Sep 18, 2010.

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    [Sep 18, 2010]
    Just fitted my new front brake pads with no problems, when I got to the rears, managed to get the caliper off the carrier, but can't get the piston to push back into the caliper to make space for the new pads. I've got the handbrake off and tried just a screwdriver to lever it back in against the disk/old pads like I did with the front brakes but its not working on the rears... Any advice?
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    [Sep 18, 2010]
    Not sure but you may need a special tool to wind them back, have you tried using a G clamp?
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    unfortunately dont have a G clamp, tried using spring compressors but kept slipping off!
    I dont really want to send it into a garage as I should be capable of doing it myself...
    any one know how much the tool would cost?
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    rear pads NEED wound back in due to the handbrake mech. If you dont have the correct tool you can wind and push at the same time using mole grips etc taking care not to burst the rubber gaitor. IIRC its clockwise. Its a lot easier with the correct tool though.
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    i can second that they need to be wound back i fitted a set of rear pads a while ago and luckly we had the correct tool in work for winding them back
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    i did the rear pads on my a3, there is a tool you need to do this, it turns the piston and pushes it back at the same time,
    think i paid about £12 for it well worth it as its good for pushing back normal pistons as well
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    Fran, I believe you're from Barry? I'm not a stalker honest! Just observant from previous posts... I'm from cowbridge, any chance I could borrow the tool or something...?
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    Wind back tool at halfords, small cheese & take lid of brake fluid cap when doing front or rear, dont forget to put back on.
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    Small cheese?
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    Sorry that was my west coast word, change, money.
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    Cheers Nige, looks like a trip to 'frauds tomorrow... I mean later today is due.
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    [Sep 19, 2010]
    Got the tool from hellfrauds, nearly fell over when I saw the price £32! Paid the man. Drove home. Jacked up. Wheel off. Caliper off. Old pads out. Removed brake reservoir cap. Pushed piston back using said tool. New pads in. Caliper on. Wheel on. Close brake reservoir cap. Bed in brakes. Job done.
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    well most garages would charge hrs labour to do it so your still cheaper at £32! Plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
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