'97 Ford T-Bird - Rear Brake Calipers

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD THUNDERBIRD
It seems I have tried everything to get the piston to go back into the caliper and nothing has worked. Is there a "secret" or "special" way to retract the piston into the passenger side rear brake caliper on this vehicle? I can't even get a C-Clamp to push it back in. Please send suggestions A.S.A.P. - I am a single mother and have only this vehicle to get my 2 yr old son and myself back and forth. Thanks for everything you do.
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 AT 10:07 AM

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Tiny
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There is special tool to turn those in, without it you may have damaged the caliper. You may be able to rent the tool at a parts store.
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 AT 11:12 AM
Tiny
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Service Writer,

Thank you so much for the information. I checked on renting the tool and there is no one in the area that has it available to rent. They told me that I could buy it but it is around $500.00 (something I will save up for to purchase in the future). In the meantime, I have had to purchase 2 new calipers but I do have a running vehicle now that is safe. Thank you for everything and the EXTREMELY fast response. You are AWESOME!
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Thursday, August 16th, 2007 AT 9:36 AM
Tiny
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I can find one less expensive for you, if I don't get back, reminder me in a week or so.

You probably did yourself a favor replacing both calipers anyways. Check on the warranty on those, many carry a lifetime.
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Thursday, August 16th, 2007 AT 10:23 AM

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