removal of front pads on 2002 neon

When depressing the piston into its' bore to remove the front pads the outer pad retaining spring that is secured to the pad does not allow the c-clamp or bar clamp end to be placed flush against the pad. Is it ok to
secure the clamp end directly over the spring to depress the piston? Can the other end of the c-clamp or bar clamp be secured on any other part of the caliper other than the back end near the brake hose?
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place a steel plate on the caliper piston and the C-clamp on top of the plate and back side of the caliper. Gently turn the C-clamp until the piston is depressed. You do not have to depress the caliper to remove it. Once the caliper is removed from the rotor section the pad should just pull out - exposing the caliper piston.

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Abby.Normal thanks for the reply. Slight misunderstanding. Shouldn't the plate you mention be placed over the exposed end of the outer pad so the clamp will sit on a flat surface instead of over the retaining spring which would be an unstable fit. The piston sits inside of the caliper and nothing can be placed on it. Isn't that why the clamp is placed from the outer pad to the back end of the caliper to depress the piston?
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Hope this helps. They are zipped up so you can download them all in one file as opposed to saving each one. There are 5 pages total.

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