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How to Remove a Brake Piston on Your Vehicle


The braking system on your vehicle uses brake calipers to clamp down the brake pads against the brake rotor, slowing down the vehicle in the process. These calipers have at least one piston that extends or retracts with the pushing and releasing of the brake pedal. These pistons have seals around them, and those seals can break down. Should that happen, the caliper will need to be replaced or rebuilt. If you decide to rebuild the caliper, you have to remove the piston from the caliper, which takes about 30 minutes to do.

Things You’ll Need: Jack, Jack stands, Tire iron, 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set, Line wrench, Air compressor, Rubber-tipped air blow gun, Wood blocks, Long thin punch, Hammer


  • Lift the vehicle up using the jack and put it on jack stands. Take off the front wheels using the tire iron and set them out of the workspace.