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Old 03-30-2012, 10:46 AM
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9" Ford Drum Brake Problem

I am in the process of changing the hand brake cables to a Locar set up. However, none of the return spring tools that I have will fit the stud in the upper center on the backing plate and I can't get the springs off. Before I bugger something up improvising, can anyone tell me where I can find the proper tool? Or, how else I can remove these springs?
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Most brake spring pliers have a cam style tool at the end of one leg of the plier handle. It fits over the lug and you turn it screwdriver style and it cams the spring off the lug. You can buy them separate that look almost like a scrrewdriver pretty cheap. I suggest that because the alternative I've used in my poor days was a pair of vise grips locked to the straight part of the spring and some serious "grunt". It would work but the occasional slip was ugly on the hands. Just looked it up. Lisle part # 46750, about $8 and it will remove and install.
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Most brake spring pliers have a cam style tool at the end of one leg of the plier handle. It fits over the lug and you turn it screwdriver style and it cams the spring off the lug. You can buy them separate that look almost like a scrrewdriver pretty cheap. I suggest that because the alternative I've used in my poor days was a pair of vise grips locked to the straight part of the spring and some serious "grunt". It would work but the occasional slip was ugly on the hands. Just looked it up. Lisle part # 46750, about $8 and it will remove and install.
I don't do that many brake jobs, but this method has always worked for me. Just be as careful as you can and don't get in a hurry...

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I was able to get the tool and resolve the problem
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