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Changing the front brake pads on a 2006 Pontiac Montana SV6

I'm trying to change the front brake pads on my 2006 Pontiac Montana SV6 and I can't compress the caliper. Do I need to twist the caliper piston while squeezing it?

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  • jaynalilee Dec 13, 2009

    Thanks for the comments. I got a C clamp and twisted it down while the bleeder valve was open. It was messy, but got the job done. Thanks again - really appreciate the help.

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No that is only the older rear calipers on gm and others. the fronts do not have that style caliper and sound like the calipers are frozen and may be way your changing the pads. try opening the bleeder screw and then compressing them if they go then you need need brake hoses and if not you need calipers. god luck man

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    michael schultz Dec 13, 2009

    you may have bad brake hoses! but please remember to give me 4 thumbs up or i won't get credit for helping you! thanks man and good luck

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Use a z clamp,Or us big azz pliers,Or use a hammer handle and put one of the old pad in and put the hammer handle in the and twist it will work.I hope this helps

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    Donnie Wilson Dec 13, 2009

    how come you did not rate

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The calipers turn to retract, they do not compress. This is covered in a post for an 06 Montana about retracting calipers. See link.
Hope this helps someone.
Cant compress rear brake piston to fit new pads its disc brakes

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