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Old 08 Aug 2017, 05:45 pm
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Hi all,

I searched the forum for an answer but my search skills are about as lacking as my mechanic skills. Anywho...

I am replacing the rear pads on my 2008 pt cruiser. Do I need the special caliper tool to compress the pt's caliper? Or will a standard c clamp be sufficient? I needed the special tool for my 2010 town & country and was not prepared.

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Old 08 Aug 2017, 07:50 pm
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Not sure about an '08 but on my '01 I used a C clamp to compress the piston, just like the front calipers. I doubt they changed that over the years...
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I just did my 2007 2 days ago. I used a c clamp. I had to replace my parking brakes because at one time the park brake pivot lever must have froze up and worn down the shoes. Make sure while you are in there you check that these pivots are loose and lubricated. You'll see them when you pull off the rotors. Service manual says to remove the hub to change the parking brake shoes but I did not need to.
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I have never used a c clamp on my calipers. I know that's the normal way, but I have always done it the quick way. Before I unbolt the caliper, I simply use a small prybar or flat head screwdriver through the slot on top of the caliper and pry against the top edge of the rotor. It is super quick and I don't have to mess with c clamps or spreader tools or whatever.
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I have never used a c clamp on my calipers. I know that's the normal way, but I have always done it the quick way. Before I unbolt the caliper, I simply use a small prybar or flat head screwdriver through the slot on top of the caliper and pry against the top edge of the rotor. It is super quick and I don't have to mess with c clamps or spreader tools or whatever.
DO NOT DO THIS unless you want to take the chance damaging brake parts!

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^^ I've seen a LOT of people do it like that over the years, Lynn. I don't say anything, but I wouldn't buy a used car from them, unless I got a very good deal!
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Some brake calipers pistons are made out of some type of ceramic material. So be carful not to pry on the lip of one of these. Not sure if these were used on a PT.
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I have never used a c clamp on my calipers. I know that's the normal way, but I have always done it the quick way. Before I unbolt the caliper, I simply use a small prybar or flat head screwdriver through the slot on top of the caliper and pry against the top edge of the rotor. It is super quick and I don't have to mess with c clamps or spreader tools or whatever.
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Some brake calipers pistons are made out of some type of ceramic material. So be carful not to pry on the lip of one of these. Not sure if these were used on a PT.
If he was using anything to pry with, wouldn't he put it between the old pad and the rotor to push the piston back? If so, you don't care about the old pad and you could put something on the rotor to prevent any damage, correct?
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If he was using anything to pry with, wouldn't he put it between the old pad and the rotor to push the piston back? If so, you don't care about the old pad and you could put something on the rotor to prevent any damage, correct?
RICK you DONT PRY brake parts !
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