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#1 oddcomp

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 01:58 PM

well doing the 4 corner brake replacement thingy
and i got into a argument with front calipers
cause of the stupid gotta turn the piston in
thing

do they actually make a tool to fit those notches?
if not anyone got a sketch of something i can make to do the job ?

or do i just beat it against my forehead and hope they go in?
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#2 MilesFox

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 02:00 PM

you can use the handle end on a pair of pliers, or even the bite end, the pliers in the oem subaru tool kit works perfecty for thay. just try not to booger the surface, and be careful of the seal.

if its an old crusty caliper, you can use a channel lock plier to get the first or second turn, as it will free up as you turn it

make sure the parking brake is off when you bleed the caliper

if its rear disc, then you dint need to turn the piston, just push it in, because there is no parking brake mechanism on the rear

the parking brake mechanism on the front is why the pistons turn in rather than push in

#3 MorganM

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 02:06 PM

Or just go buy the $3 turn in tool :)

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 02:16 PM

if you had 3 bones. i would rather have a pack of cigarettes!

around here you go to the parts counter and tell them you need parts for an 84 4x4 subaru, they are like
"it's not listed, what kind of truck was that?"
hell, you have to order away for intake gaskets!

its not worth the hassle for me in my opinion, they wouldnt have it in stock
but that's here in redneck central
"one of those foreign jobbers"

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 02:35 PM

back ones are done those where nice and easy hell easier than my s-10

is there a specific name for the turn in tool?
or is it just a brake piston turner doohicky?

and well i don't smoke
i just drink
and a bottle of ever clear lasts me about 2 weeks at about a shot a day for breakfast before bed :)

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 03:08 PM

Theres the generic brake piston tool at auto zone(or wherever) the one I picked up does have the right "ears" for soob front brakes.. just snaps on to a 3/8 inch rachet.. cheap and easy

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 03:18 PM

That's the one I got calebz; Its a funny little cube with dies for 6 different types of brakes. Any part/tool store worth its weight in lead should have one.

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 03:46 PM

but remember to take the cap off of the master, can make all the difference.

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 09:37 PM

The cube, If I remember correctly is called a disc brake piston tool, you can find it at autozone in the isle with all the tools, it'll most likely be to the far right staring at the tools, if that store followed it's plan-o-gram right (used to work at one).

Also, I open up the bleeder a little before I do mine, makes it easier.

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 09:46 PM

I took a standard 15/16 socket and cut away 2 sides of it, leaving 2 prongs exposed that fit the caliper perfectly. Loosen the bleeder valve as well, and it will make it easier to reset the caliper.

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 11:08 PM

needle nose pliers, and some MUSCLE. Done a few brake jobs in my day, and never had a tool for any of them. That's just me and my method, do what you want tho.

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Posted 09 September 2003 - 12:02 PM

Small ball joint seperator work too.

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Posted 09 September 2003 - 09:37 PM

Yep they make a weird looking little tool to turn them in or you could just use a large C-clamp and squeeze it in. Boz

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Posted 09 September 2003 - 09:58 PM

Don't force it in, (Sorry, Boz) you'll break something!
They must be turned in.
The 4 buck 6-way cube is the way to go.
Keep in mind that returning the piston to the bottom of the cylinder will force fluid back to the master. If you've been topping it off, be ready for a mess.

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Posted 09 September 2003 - 10:09 PM

add another vote for the brake piston tool

i've tried pliers, and they work fine, but using the special tool made the job many times easier and faster.

sometimes, special tools = lots of $$, but also remember, special tools = less kicking the car.

#16 PHATBRAT

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Posted 09 September 2003 - 10:18 PM

I have used the C clamp many many times, Never had a problem, Plus they don't get lost easily like a little box tool does. But overall, Like I said in the other post, If you can afford to buy the tool that is specific to the job you will be doing then buy it. 4 bucks aint much, even for my broke, unemployed a$$!




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