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Re: Rear Brake Caliper Rewind on Megane II

I'm not any kind of expert by far, but I've managed to perform this same operation albeit on a Laguna Mk1 using just a pair of longish snipe nosed pliers.

BTW, that was without draining any brake fluid, & knowing me, I possibly didn't even bother to remove the reservoir cap.
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Re: Rear Brake Caliper Rewind on Megane II

Did similar on first rewind caliper I did... Old circlip pliers.
Wandered what all the fuss was about

Second, no way so made myself a drive tool from a big brass fitting I had lying around.
Still got to lean on and letting the fluid go somewhere does help.
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Re: Rear Brake Caliper Rewind on Megane II

If brake fluid changes have been neglected and the piston is almost at its maximum travel the reason you are having trouble is because its stuck slightly.

Once you get past the initially sticking, it will wind back in easy usually.

It isn't easy though, a scenic I did was like that, I removed the pads, bolted it back to the carrier... and secured the sliders with cable ties so I could get much more force behind it with a pair of long nosed pliers while turning... eventually it went, and it went in easy once I got past the first bit.

That's where brake rewind tools come in handy... ive managed for years without one.. like said I didn't really understand what the fuss is about.. long nosed pliers and brute force gets them back in fine... although I will admit with the tool it is easier and makes you wonder why you didn't buy 1 years ago... but it is not necessary.
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Re: Rear Brake Caliper Rewind on Megane II

I've never used a square block tool to do this job but I'm wondering if it's possible to somehow lever against the tool from the caliper as you turn it with your ratchet.

It may just be the push you need to get the piston started.


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Re: Rear Brake Caliper Rewind on Megane II

If it is getting to that difficult stage then you may have to take it off and put caliper in the vice.
Easy enough if your brake hose at caliper comes undone. If you don't want to clamp hose to save fluid loss you can make a tapered plug to put in the hose oriface. Saves mess and loss of fluid.
Follow the guide on here regarding leccy handbrake.

There is a good tool set suitable on Ebay for 16quid that might save your day.
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