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alt. for the brake tool?

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#1 jmr052


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 09:08 AM

Is there an alternative to using the "special" brake tool to get the piston back into the bore?


#2 calebz


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 09:17 AM

You can try some needle nose pliers, but why not spend the $10 and just get the tool and save your knuckles ans save the possibility of damaging the piston?

#3 Will Smith

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Posted 27 July 2004 - 09:43 AM

i use my 22mm open end wrench, stick the open end straight on to the piston and turn.

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Posted 27 July 2004 - 10:01 AM

Someone here said they use one of those wrenches that you use to change the blade on your angle grinder. The ones with the two pins?

I'm trying that next time I do brakes:confused:

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#5 subyrally


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 10:11 AM

i used vice grips

#6 MilesFox


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 11:44 AM

i like to use cannel plies around the circumfrence to get it moving, and once it goes too far in for the pliers thin i use the handle end of pliers or needle nose pliers to turn ot some more.

be sure not to press the brake pedal with the caliper off, but the parking brake is ok to use. if the piston is hyper extended you may nered to tap it with a hammer till it catches a thread and turns in

#7 ShawnW


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 01:52 PM

Take a piece of pipe the same diameter as the caliper and chop it so it has notches on each side of the pipe opposite each other. Then twist the pipe.

Jmr if you want to borrow my pipe when I get out there let me know.

#8 MorganM


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 01:55 PM

... or just go buy a dang $5 "turn in tool" for brake calipers. It's a funny looking cube of metal that snaps right onto a socket driver.

Normally I say 'forget the stupid special tool' but really this isnt that special and any parts store worth its weight in salt will have one.

#9 ShawnW


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 01:56 PM

Very true Morgan! :)

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Posted 27 July 2004 - 03:12 PM

the cube is the way to go, and as a bonus, you can use an impact wrench to speed up the process :brow:

#11 mcbrat


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 03:30 PM

I have this set, and seem to use it quite a bit... :)


#12 rallyruss


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 03:33 PM

I have done it several methods from the pliers, the cube and now an actual piston tool that I purchased to do VW rear calipers. It is by far the best one of all that I have tried. yes it costs a little more but it saves a lot of frustration.they all work to some degree.
be carefull if you do use air tools. there are seals in there that may not react well to being spun like that.

#13 archemitis


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 04:10 PM

its easier for me to use needle nosed pliers, than look around for the special tool i bought =]

#14 Numbchux


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Posted 28 July 2004 - 01:47 AM

I use the big a.. open-end wrench

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