[200q20v] more rear caliper fun

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Mon Aug 21 21:32:42 EDT 2000

I don't know about getting the threading started, but once you've got the 
piston to the threads, you can turn it with a pair of waterpump pliers on 
the very outside edge of the piston.  You need to be careful to avoid the 
surface covered by the dustboot or your dustboots won't last long.  Perhaps 
a lubricant like vasoline would help get the piston sliding into the seal.

I also have been unable to get the parking brake arm out of the caliper 
from the outside.  I suspect there's something on the inner end of the arm 
that activates the brake and also serves to keep the arm from sliding all 
the way out of the housing.

At 06:48 PM 08/21/2000 -0400, Brett Dikeman wrote:

>oh boy, here we go.
>So, caliper is off the car, in pieces.  Piston is completely out; rust is 
>visible in spots here and there.  Fixing that...no prob.
>Now, moving along...the ebrake lever is partially removed.  I say 
>partially because it has only come out of the caliper by about a quart to 
>half inch tops.  I can turn it by hand, getting a ker-ping one way, 
>ker-ping the other.  If I pop the lever back into the caliper, i get a 
>little "psssssssssssss" noise; air is hissing out of something.
>My main problem is that I can't seem to get the piston back in.  It simply 
>refuses to budge, seems to be hanging on the inner seal.  I suppose I can 
>force it in by using a C-clamp, but I'd rather not unless 
>necessary.  Among other things, I have no idea how I'm going to thread it 
>onto the e-brake screw shaft in the center of the cylinder, given that it 
>is impossible to turn the piston without the tool, which I don't have.

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