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Eric Wettschreck

Olds cutlass rear disc brakes

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Question fellas. It's been a while and I honestly don't remember.

I'm gonna put rear brakes in my 96 cutlass and I don't remember.....On the caliper, when I go to compress the cylinder are these the calipers that you need to screw a doo-flinky in to compress the cylinder or do I just put a C-clamp on it and give it the squeeze???

Like I said, it's been a while and I have a tendency to forget what happened yesterday.

Thanks.

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Depending on what Cutlass you have, if it is rear disk, you will need the twist in tool, if it is drums, then no you wont. wink

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Boilerguy, they are definitely the screw in style. Save yourself some frustration and buy the little multi tool block made for turning them in. Its only 5 or 10 bucks and it fits any style caliper, fits on a 3/8 drive extension and saves you some bloody knuckles.

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Like I said, it's been a while.

Took things apart when I got home and said, "Yup, I need a tool."

I'll be goin to the parts store tomorrow to get said tool.

Stupid question #2. To compress the piston back into the caliper do I thread it clockwise or counterclockwise?

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I just did the brakes on my wifes G6 and was able to save the money for the tool and just use an open ended wrench in the slots on the piston to rotate and push in. Wasn't bad at all.

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I have a question.. I have always done my own brakes Drum/disk and have never run across a twist in style caliper. I have always just done the c- clamp. I am getting ready to do the brakes for the first time on my 07 impala how can you tell the differance?

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If the center of the piston is hollow, they just compress. If there is a plus shape on the end of the piston or the e brake cable is attached to the caliper than it needs to be twisted.

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