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I just took the rear wheel of my new (well new to me) bike and now the rear pads have closed so that there is only a tiny gap btw them and certainly no room to slide the actual disc in between the pads and calipers. I'm sure there is a simple procedure but I have never worked with disc brakes before only rim brakes. They're hydraulic if that makes a difference. Thanks for any help- I'm sitting in my garage right now assuming the answer is right in front of me hah
 

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You should be able to push them back with a flathead screwdriver. Try not to damage the pads.
 

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You probably pressed the lever when the rotor was out.
Easy fix, just put something in between the caliper (I usually use a plastic tire lever just to be safe and not damage anything) and pry/push out on both sides. That should reset the pistons and pads back so the rotor will fit back in. :thumbsup:
 

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happened to me once.
i grabbed a butter knife (no, there's no butter on it)
poured water to the pads and slowly pried them open.

worked like a charm!

hth ;)
 

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Thanks for the help guys! went with the kitchen knife flat head combo. However, I did lose a bit of fluid (I ended up loosening the brake cable just tad). It's fine for now, but I'm going to look into bleed kits.
 
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