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Front brake pad/piston rewind tool

PostPost by: Mileso » Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:43 pm

Tried to quickly change my elan S4 front pads to mintex 1144 today but need to push back the piston as too tight. 3 questions.

1. What tool do you recommend? As below?
2. Caliper removal required?
3. Do you need to let some brake fluid out?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/449774-Spreder ... 3189&psc=1

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Sun Jan 23, 2022 5:18 pm

Some good youtube stuff to watch
Yes, new brake fluid every year, or two.

Remove pads, place with similar but thinner blocks of wood, open bleeder. Depress brake pad ( the wood blocks stops the pistons from exiting the calliper housing ), but you want to move new fluid into calliper.

Once you’ve pushed piston in all the way and have steady flow of clear new fluid, close bleeder. Reassemble.
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sun Jan 23, 2022 5:26 pm

Mileso wrote:Tried to quickly change my elan S4 front pads to mintex 1144 today but need to push back the piston as too tight. 3 questions.

1. What tool do you recommend? As below?
2. Caliper removal required?
3. Do you need to let some brake fluid out?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/449774-Spreder ... 3189&psc=1

Thanks
Miles.



My one of those bent the 'paddles' trying to push my Elan front pistons back. It works ok on some of my bike brake pistons but not on the Elan.
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PostPost by: Billmack » Sun Jan 23, 2022 6:13 pm

I open up a pair of channelocks and stic one side of the handle in then spin it 90 degrees to retract. That being said stuck calipers are a thing. I know it shouldn't be but I swear it's worse on fiberglass cars
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