Mazda 3 2006 Rear Piston Brake Pad Change

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#1

I’m changing the pads on the rear brakes on my 2006 Mazda 3 (2.3L). I am having a hard time retracting the piston. The parking brake is off and I took the cap of the brake reservoir. I bruised my hands trying to use pliers to push the caliper in as I turned it clockwise. I am going to by a brake caliper tool to help in pushing it back to accommodate the new pads. Any advice?


#2

See if any of the local auto parts stores rent this tool. Otherwise you’ll spend about this much for a good rear caliper tool. http://www.denlorstools.com/home/dt1/page_6504_12/rear_brake_caliper_piston_tool_set_kd_41540.html

Tester


#3

I’ve read since the parking brake is integrated that I need to remove the parking brake cable to push the piston back into the caliper. Is that true? Or will this tool do it?


#4

No. The parking brake cable doesn’t require removal. The tool does it all.

Tester