Can't Seem to Push Rear Brake Cylinder In

VelvetFoot

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May 17, 2001
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Sand Lake, NY
TDI
NB, 2000, Yellow
I can't seem to push the rear brake cylinder to change pads. I've got the special tool to rotate the cylinder and have done it before, but it doesn't want to move. Any tips? I don't want to force anything. Thanks.
 

20IndigoBlue02

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Aug 22, 2001
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Was North NJ, now SoCal
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2002 Golf TDI-- deceased
you gotta force it, to get the fluid moving.

Did you open the master cylinder reservoir? (to prevent spillage--use a turkey baster to remove some fluid)
 

PDJetta

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Nov 6, 2003
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Northern Virginia
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'04 Jetta GLS TDI Pumpe Duce Platinum Grey w/ Leather
Try opening the rear caliper bleeder bolt first. This should allow the caliper piston to rotate in easier. Then bleed this caliper after the brakes are put on.

--Nate
 

tditom

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Sep 5, 2001
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Jackson, MI
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formerly: 2001 Golf GL, '97 Passat (RIP) '98 NB, '05 B5 sedan
I did my rear brakes on the Golf recently. I didn't have the fancy metalnerd tool but used a "universal" tool from Lisle ($11). I used it in conjunction with a large c-clamp to provide the necessary compression force while turning the piston in with a large screwdriver thru one of the side openings. It takes a considerable amount of force.
 

golfstream

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Jan 10, 2001
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Balmer, Hon
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Golf, 2000, Black
I have the kit from Harbor Freight to wind back the rear calipers... the tool worked great, but it did take some force and a lot of turns to get new rotors and pads on... I was exhausted.

Mel
 

Wally

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Apr 12, 2001
Location
The Springs, CO
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98 NB, 96 and 97 B4Vs, & 03 A4V
VF-I just did the passat's rears and they needed A LOT of force. Make sure your brake rez cap is off (as was mentioned). and I still have your pullers...
 

VelvetFoot

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May 17, 2001
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Sand Lake, NY
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NB, 2000, Yellow
It seems stupid, but I tried to do it with the caliper unattached. After bolting on, I could get the leverage. The tool couldn't fit in the space on the other side, however, so I used a thin flat plate (no nubs) with the tool to apply pressure and hit the notch in the cylinder a few times to get it to rotate and go in just a tad so that the tool would fit in the normal configuration.
 
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