Brake caliper piston rewind

Tiny
RYAN LOBB
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  • 2005 VOLVO S40
  • 2.4L
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
I tried to rewind my rear calipers with a pair of needle-nose pliers, but couldn’t apply enough pressure, I assumed due to corrosion. So I purchased a spreader tool that should have the right adapter. As I was reading on forums about other people who had trouble rewinding the caliper in their Volvo, some people said you need to loosen the parking brake bolt near the parking break lever to slacken the parking brake line so that the piston goes in easier. Is this required to get the piston in on my vehicle?
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Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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If the parking brake is released, it shouldn't cause this. Here are the directions for compressing the piston. Note, I don't know what type of tool you are using, however, the one called for applies pressure to depress the piston as it turns it in to place.

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Note! Do not depress the brake pedal while the brake pads are removed.

Cleaning the brake caliper
Clean and check the brake caliper and dust cover.
Clean and check the brake pad mating surfaces in the brake caliper and caliper holder.

Note! If the dust boot is damaged dirt may have penetrated the cylinder. If this is the case the caliper must be replaced.

Brake disc check
Check brake disc friction surfaces.
If the brake disc displays signs of out-of-true, check its lateral run out. See: Brake disc rear, checking See: Brake Rotor/Disc > Component Tests and General Diagnostics > Brake Disc Rear, Checking.
Replace the brake disc if it displays signs of heavy wear, variable thickness or similar. To replace, see: Rear brake disc See: Brake Rotor/Disc > Removal and Replacement > Rear Brake Disc, Replacing.

Note! Minimum disc thickness/replacement limit = 9.0 mm. Minimum recommended disc thickness when installing new brake pads = 9.8 mm.

Tightening torque

Note! For tightening torques, see Specifications. See: Brakes and Traction Control > Mechanical > Tightening Torque

Installing brake pads

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Press back the piston in the cylinder on the brake caliper. Use the press tool together with 999 7091 Spanner See: Vehicle > Electrical / Mechanical Repair > 999 7091 Spanner.
Check that the dust cover is correctly positioned.

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Are you able to turn the piston?

Joe
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Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 AT 5:39 PM
Tiny
KASEKENNY1
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There is nothing special with this so if the piston is not pressing back in then it is frozen and will need to be replaced.

I attached the detail about this tool that Volvo calls for if you want to compare it to the one you have. However, it is just a spanner tool so again I suspect they are frozen.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-rear-brake-pads-and-rotors
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Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 AT 5:48 PM

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