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just had the sportwagen in for the mot today and it failed on a few issues
the handbrake is not working on the passenger side ive stripped it down and cleaned it one of the sliders was seized tons better but with handbrake on full i can still turn the wheel a tiny bit if i turn the rear wheel with maximum force where is the handbrake cable adjuster
on the drivers side the brake was binding turns out one of the pads was touching the disc at an angle anyway i gently pressed the brake padal to force out the piston just to check it wasnt seized and now i cant get it back in ive read it needs winding in clockwise with a special tool (ooh eer) is this right

also it needs front droplinks and a steering gator are these easy enough to sort
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Not looked at the rear brakes o the 156 but on my Peugeot you could turn in the piston back with a long flat edge between flats on the puston
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Yes they need to be turned as they are pushed back in.
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drop links are very easy to do, just 2 x nuts per side. You need a piston rewind tool, I use a laser one which I got off ebay for a few pennies. I use it rarely but when I do it makes the job of rear brakes quick and easy.
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Rear brake piston need pushed and turned at the same time. I used to use a G-clamp on the piston and a pair of plumbers grips to turn it, then just keep tightening the clamp as I turned it in. However I then decided to spend 10 on a brake wind back tool which is a bit easier.

The handbrake adjuster is under the handbrake gaitor, it's a 13mm nut.

Before adjusting the handbrake, make sure you have pumped up the pedal and closed the pads to the disc. Then adjust the handbrake otherwise your brakes will be rubbish.
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I invested in the brake rewinding tool as well. Money well spent when it comes to replacing the brake pads front or rear. It saves lots of time when you have the right tool. This is the one i am using. I am sure you can get it cheaper in fleebay!

Halfords | Laser Brake Caliper Rewind Tool
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thanks for the replies,i have tried the g clamp methed with grips to turn the piston this worked on the passenger side but the drivers wont budge i have ordered a rewind tool off the bay hopefully that should sort it on to the front end i have removed the drivers side steering boot and drop link waiting for my new items to arrive the mot only failed one boot and one drop link but as they come in pairs i may as well do both sides also failed on leaking power steering pipes the ones under the air box 2 together about a foot long any ideas where i can get high pressure hose from
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