Rear Brake Calipers

Tiny
MDAISY2017
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  • 2010 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • 50,000 MILES
I am replacing the rear brakes on my van and I am running into an issue with the brake caliper. Normally I would use a c-clamp to reset it inorder to slip back over the brake pads but when I try it on this one the c-clamp won't even budge the caliper. Am I doing something wrong?
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Saturday, June 29th, 2013 AT 10:11 AM

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Tiny
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The parking brake is built into the caliper and you need a special tool to screw the piston into that assembly. Any auto parts store that rents or borrows tools will have the tool kit. Here is a video that will help with this:

https://youtu.be/hPzxdnLJbhc

and

https://youtu.be/j8YwfSKEzZo

This is a pretty sad state of affairs. Chrysler has always had a better way of doing things that typically benefited the car owner, but here they dropped the ball. GM and Ford used this miserable parking brake design for decades while Chrysler had a much better parking brake shoe setup in a small drum inside the rotor. The rear calipers were serviced just like the front ones. Now GM and Ford finally stopped using that troublesome design and went to the Chrysler system, and Chrysler is using the undesirable GM system.

I attached a picture below of what/how the tool works
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