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I put new rear brake pads on my 1996 Saturn sl and it won't

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I put new rear brake pads on my 1996 Saturn sl and it won't set the brakes
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Saturn
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The old inside pad broke off while I was driving and my caliper piston was damaged. I replaced the piston and brake pads but the piston won't move and there is a lot of space between the caliper and the brake pads
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Hi. Did you bleed the air out of the caliper that the piston was replaced in?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I took off the cap earlier. Should I do it again now the it is all in place? Or was it a mistake
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Have someone pump the brake and then while they are holding the pedal down, loosen the bleeder until air/fluid comes out. Then have them raise the pedal up. Repeat this to get all the air out.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Do I need to start the car?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

no. and make sure enough fluid stays in the master cylinder.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What do you mean loosen the bleeder?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

There is a bleeder on the top of the caliper. It is like an 8mm or 10mm nut on it so you can loosen it to bleed the air out of the caliper. If the rubber cap is on it that is it.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is it safe to put on blaster on the nut?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

do you mean the penetrating oil?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Pb blaster, sorry about the autocorrect
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Thats fine to use. Be careful not to break it off in the caliper. Once you get the air out you will be good to go.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It is extremely hard to access with any tool. After using pb it still broke my socket
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

It should not be that difficult. In the attached picture the bleeder is located right under the spring. The bleeders do like to rust in. Sometimes applying a little heat then cooling it with water then doing that a few times will help loosen it. Usually it is easier to just replace the entire caliper instead of rebuilding it.

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Did you get a chance to bleed your brakes? Please let me know how your making out and also rate my service. Thank you.