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Old 03-12-2004, 07:29 PM
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Chevy Cavalier Disc Brake Problem

okay, not hot rod related but I am havin a problem. I changed my disc brakes on the car today, new pads and rotors. The piston would not C clamp back in for anything, so I put it back together and drove it around. After driving it and discovering some noises I found the Lug nuts were working themselves loose. So I retightend them and drove it again and it seemed fine, but my question is what can I do to get the piston to go back in, I tried everything. Any help would be appreciated. thanks

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Old 03-12-2004, 07:33 PM
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Open the bleeder nipple, and then push it in. then bleed that brake one more time after you get it all back together.
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Thanks. Would this be at the master cylinder or at the caliper, also do I need any special tools for that?
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Chances are that your calipers are seizing up. Rebuilt ones are cheap, replace them.
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Thanks for all the replies I'm gonna work on it again tommorow.
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Hey dude, you need to get a manual for your car so you will know how to bleed the brakes. And you will have to bleed it either way you fix it.
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I have the manual, just wanted to know if there was a universal way to do it. thanks again
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Sometimes you can just pop the cap on the reservoir. Is this on a front or rear caliper? If it is a front then, they should just push in...unless they are seized up. If it is a rear, they screw in and if you tried to force it in with a C-clamp...you'll need to get another caliper because the majority of the time when you try to force it straight in, you can ruin the caliper piston.
Unless you crack open a bleeder you shouldn't need to bleed the brakes afterwards.
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Don't think Cavaliers came with rear discs....could be wrong.
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Poncho is right they have drums in the back. I'm leaning more and more towards the calipers being siezed up. I appreciate all the help guys.

Edit: Weimer I did try popping the cap on the resivour and it still did nothing.
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just replace them if they don't go in with c clamp they are seized and if you do ever get them in you will wear out the pads way pre maturly
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