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Do the pistons on the front calipers push in flush with a rebuild or new pads or do they stick out a bit when fully recessed ? I searched some threads but didn't see anything pertaining to this. The reason I ask is the dealer who just did the rear brake recall job showed me a picture of the pistons out about 1/4 or 3/8 inch and said pads are way low and will grind the rotor soon. they didn't remove the calipers, a week earlier I had them off to replace front tire and don't remember being concerned about the pads. The parts page shows some long piston cups. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Showing only the pistons is not the full story. You need to have a view of the pads. Replacing the pads when they have 2 mm of material left on them is a good idea. I know there is a wear limit somewhere in writing but I don't know what or where it is at the moment.

edit: I found it on page 3-17 of my 2003 Service Manual.
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Check the pads you should be able the gauge the amount of lining without taking anything off and you should see a notch in the lining of it is OE this notch is the wear indicator of the lining if the lining looks thin or the notch is not visible take a 1/8 drill bit and try to insert the top that would go in the drill between the rotor and the pad backing plate If the bit doesn't fit time for pads.
 
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