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Disc brake tools #5382690 03/22/20 08:47 AM
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What are the advantages of one of there tool sets vs a C clamp. Or two C clamps.

https://www.amazon.com/OrionMotorTe...84690&sprefix=disc+brake+&sr=8-3


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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: Donald] #5382692 03/22/20 08:51 AM
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On many vehicles that have the parking brake controlled through the caliper, it is required to thread the piston back into the caliper to reset it. If you try to just force it back in with a c-clamp you will destroy the caliper.

A c-clamp works fine on the front calipers but may not work on the rear.

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depends if you're working on the front or the back axle

front brakes will push straight back with c-clamp or vice or whatever
rear brakes need to rotate as the piston goes into the caliper, so you need the tool in the link to turn the piston without marking it.


Cable ties should hold it
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Originally Posted by FowVay
On many vehicles that have the parking brake controlled through the caliper, it is required to thread the piston back into the caliper to reset it. If you try to just force it back in with a c-clamp you will destroy the caliper.

A c-clamp works fine on the front calipers but may not work on the rear.


+1. Some people use needle nose pliers to retract the piston.


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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: Donald] #5382730 03/22/20 09:25 AM
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I have a couple of these and a couple of c-clamps..havent been stumped yet




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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: Donald] #5382750 03/22/20 09:39 AM
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I have one of those sets. However, I only use it for rear calipers that screw in. C-Clamps are quicker and easier for standard push-in pistons.


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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: Donald] #5382757 03/22/20 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Donald
What are the advantages of one of there tool sets vs a C clamp. Or two C clamps.

https://www.amazon.com/OrionMotorTe...84690&sprefix=disc+brake+&sr=8-3



I bought this identical set to do rear brakes on our Scion. It worked fine, and included adapters for most cars I would own.


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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: Donald] #5382763 03/22/20 09:50 AM
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A really big bladed screwdriver works well.

Re: Disc brake tools [Re: krismoriah72] #5382806 03/22/20 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by krismoriah72
I have a couple of these and a couple of c-clamps..havent been stumped yet




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How is this used?


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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: FowVay] #5382809 03/22/20 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by FowVay
On many vehicles that have the parking brake controlled through the caliper, it is required to thread the piston back into the caliper to reset it. If you try to just force it back in with a c-clamp you will destroy the caliper.

A c-clamp works fine on the front calipers but may not work on the rear.


But if my parking brake is shoes then caliper piston does not screw in and C-clamp is enough? Correct?


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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: Donald] #5382812 03/22/20 10:21 AM
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Many rear calipers are screw in and have indents in the piston. You find the face of the cube that matches the piston and use an extension and ratchet to wind the piston back into the caliper.

Originally Posted by Donald
Originally Posted by krismoriah72
I have a couple of these and a couple of c-clamps..havent been stumped yet




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How is this used?


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Re: Disc brake tools [Re: Donald] #5382825 03/22/20 10:31 AM
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Free rental at O'Reilly works for me.


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This was too small for when I did my friend's 2011 VW Jetta. Was able to use a c-clamp, as the 'head' rotated and along with the pressure of the clamp I was able to twist the piston in. Got lucky with that. Wasn't having any success with needle nose pliers, either.

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That cube socket or needle nose don't work on VW rear calipers, or at least not well. They require a lot of force while being twisted in.

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Originally Posted by Donald
What are the advantages of one of there tool sets vs a C clamp. Or two C clamps.

https://www.amazon.com/OrionMotorTe...84690&sprefix=disc+brake+&sr=8-3

I also bought the same set but use it on the rear brake of a 2019 CanAm Spyder.


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