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can't get inside front brake pad back on. help please

OK what am I doing wrong here? I am no dummy. I have done the brakes on my 3/4 ton diesel plenty of times. I too the left side caliper etc off, took the pads off cleaned everything up and for the sake of Pete, I can not get the first pad back on. The one that goes next to the piston. It is all the way pushed back and I'm pushing everything else all the way back but I need like 1 more millimeter of clearance to get that $;';'!"("+%;%;#:#;$($( back on. Is there a trick or am I just nuts?

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OK what am I doing wrong here? I am no dummy. I have done the brakes on my 3/4 ton diesel plenty of times. I too the left side caliper etc off, took the pads off cleaned everything up and for the sake of Pete, I can not get the first pad back on. The one that goes next to the piston. It is all the way pushed back and I'm pushing everything else all the way back but I need like 1 more millimeter of clearance to get that $;';'!"("+%;%;#:#;$($( back on. Is there a trick or am I just nuts?
The caliper piston is not pushed all the way back in.

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Unscrew the bleeder a bit, attach a tube if you have one just to hold any fluid that comes out. Use a nice c clamp and the old brake pad to force the piston back in.
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On never mind I actually am a moron. Oh and thanks for the responses as well.

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Was it the little tab on the clip that sits in the caliper notch? That was my guess, gave me a tiny bit of trouble.

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Oh no, much worse. I put the pad that should be the second one on, on first. Which explains the extreme difficult. As soon as I got it on I realized i as an imbecile who should not even be allowed to own wrenches, much less a motorcycle. It was even harder to get it back off. Once I got it off I had the thing reinstalled in like 1 minute.

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Oh no, much worse. I put the pad that should be the second one on, on first. Which explains the extreme difficult. As soon as I got it on I realized i as an imbecile who should not even be allowed to own wrenches, much less a motorcycle. It was even harder to get it back off. Once I got it off I had the thing reinstalled in like 1 minute.
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