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Old 05-02-2009, 05:49 PM
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How do I use this drum brake tool?

I hate working on drum brakes.. The last time I was at HF I bought a small tool kit for drum brakes.. It came with no instruction.

Today I did my rear drums and put the tools to the test. One was for taking off and putting back on the round spring loaded retaining clips. The second tool was for adjusting the self adjuster bolt.. (I think? Looks like a pry bar.)

What the heck is this third tool? I could not find a use for it. That was frustrating.. It looks like this.. They say its for removing springs, but I just could not see how! DANG IT. I really wanted to use my new tool.

http://www.brandsplace.com/0246-kd-298.html

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Old 05-02-2009, 06:03 PM
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it is for installing and removing the springs. The black end in the pic you place it where the springs are at the wheel cylinder. place it over the spring and the little lip slips uder the spring twist to the left and other spring twist to the right and remove. as far as the hook or the part that looks like pliers thats for instalation hook the spring with the curled end open them up and install . the flat part you can place at the curled end of the spring and have the smoth side up hook the bar at the wheel cylinder where the springs go pry it up the spring will slide down in place. does this make sense i use them all the time but never had to explain how ..you use it once you wont forget . Cole
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Old 05-02-2009, 06:51 PM
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I am still confused..

I think you need to show me.
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Wish i could .they are pretty easy to use but some people dont like them that well. and use regular pliers / needel nose /or a screw driver to remove and install springs. hummm maybe i will make a video . Cole
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you place the indented peice of the black end over the brake spring pin ( where the springs hook in the center ).. then when you twist it, the little 'nub' will grab the spring off the pin.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:07 PM
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you place the indented peice of the black end over the brake spring pin ( where the springs hook in the center ).. then when you twist it, the little 'nub' will grab the spring off the pin.
Ok that makes some sense.. My drums don't have spring pins or posts..
What about the weird hook and spike pliers end?

Yes Cole you should make a video.. I searched around and I could not find one.. If I saw you do it, it would be no problem.
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i have a couple of theseand i only use them to remove spring hook ends off the pivot pin of the backing plate


otherwise are useless for me.

to reinstall the springs i always just use a strong flat blade screwdriver

each has their own preferred method that works for them when servicing drum brakes


did some drum brake work today myself

all i ever need are good pliers and a flat blade screwdriver usually.
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I have used the hook/spike pliers end to remove springs by using the hook end on the spring loop and the spike end placed in a rivet hole on the brake pad. Of course, this only works on riveted pads. Most of the drum brakes I have worked on recently have not been riveted so I don't use it much any more.
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They are great if you do a lot of brakes. Makes removing and installing relatively new and stiff springs a lot easier.
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Even on a bonded shoe, the point on the tool will hold in the brake material enough to release the spring and reinstall it. Use the flattened handle end with the little catch on it for installationof the anchor springs. It is curved on the underside to fit the pin and a little oil or grease on the back of the handle, not on the catch, will let the spring slide easily onto the pin. The odds on getting smacked in the mouth with the spring is very good when using a screwdriver. Don't ask me how I know. Thats why they call it a screwdriver not a spring installer.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:12 PM
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Wierdbeard. made this vido for you hope its ok had to use my cell phone to record it my camcorder wouldnt work. If it is not good i will make another probably will anyway . Not a high quality video but all i had at the time. My wife was filming this for us. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knsms8JeLqU . Cole
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That is to cool! You make that look so dang easy.
I need to find some drum brakes to try this out on now.

You are the man Cole! Thanks for that.
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