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I am really glad to find this place. Newbie here.

I have a 96 DeVille. I'm trying to change the front brakes and rotors. Let me say, I'm not a mechanic but I've been able to do disk brakes on my Chevys and a Jeep. I've found some good posts here that were helpful but I've run into a snag.

I've gotten the caliper pins backed out but I can't get the caliper to swing up or come off. The rotor tries to come with it.

Is this the piston holding it on there and do I need to bleed the brakes to release it or is there something that I'm missing? Or do I just need to pry it. So far, I've just used my hands, I didn't want to cause possible damage in case I'm missing a step.
 

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Yes, the piston has the pads clamped to it a little too tight. Just grab the caliper and pull it toward you as hard as you can. That will put pressure on the piston and force it back into the bore and release the rotor. It will go easier if you open the bleeder valve, but I have yet to need to do that. Use a C clamp if you have to, but I have yet to have to do that either.
 

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Reinstall one lug nut to keep the rotor from moving before you pull on the caliper.
 
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