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Hi Demon - many thanks for your comments regarding the fitting of brake pads - and no doubt you have opened a lively discussion here on this forum. I have a copy of the official renault workshop manual and thought I'll have a look and see what it recommends. It states there are two distinctly different tools for retracting caliper pistons and are listed as follows.
Front:- Tool No. Fre.823
Rear:- Toll No. Fre 1190-01
Both are distinctly different - the front tool only pushes the piston back but the rear tool pushes the piston back whilst turning it clockwise. It makes no mention of not turning the front brakes caliper pistons but it accepted practice in the motor trade not to - this is to minimise damage from an excessively worn or scored piston. The Haynes manual also states "turn the rear caliper piston clockwise, whilst similtaneously pressing the piston into the cylinder until it will go no further"
Just hope this will clarify the situation.
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