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K. Wiggins, ASE Certified Technician
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I didn't screw the piston in. I used a c-clamp and now the

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I didn't screw the piston in. I used a c-clamp and now the emergency break pedal won't work. How do I fix it?
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Customer: 2002 Buick Lesabre Rear brake piston. I didn't turn the piston in by hand. I compressed the piston with a c-clamp. Now the brakes work and the emergency break does not. The emergency break pedal will not lock.
JA: Oh No! Brake problems are the worst. The Buick Mechanic will know what to do. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: yes,I made the mess.
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Asking you how to fix it?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  K. Wiggins replied 1 year ago.
Hello, unfortunately you will have to replace the caliper. Comressing the piston instead of crewing it in has damagedthe internal threads used by the emergency brake lever on it.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there any tricks to doing that?
Expert:  K. Wiggins replied 1 year ago.
It's fairly straight forward, just remember to use new copper washers on the brake line. I'll post info on replacing it below. The piston can be compressed with a C clamp but not to exceed 1mm of movement or it damages the E brake adjuster. I honestly don't know why GM even suggest that since 1mm isn't enough to allow for new pads.
Expert:  K. Wiggins replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I was just wanting to follow up and see how things went.