Didnt think of this till after my only truck is apart in the driveway, but what can I use to spread them apart? Ive got a caliper compressor, but it wont work on these since the oposite side is shielded. An old pad and a C clamp?
I use a similar technique. It didn't work on my beater Subaru though. Those you actually had to twist to get them to screw in. I like the simplicity and easy of Toyota calipers.IdahoDoug said:Same as Gumby, using a large screwdriver to ease them back. As long as the tip of the screwdriver is gouging the pad material rather than the rotor, you can use a surprising amount of force delivered steadily while tapping with a hammer. Just recognize your goal is even pressure on both pistons so you don't jam one and then keep jamming it worse. In perhaps 50 brake replacements, I've never deviated from this technique and never had a problem getting the pistons retracted. That includes some serious beater college cars I bought as well.