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Looking to recoup some cash before the Christmas-time Visa bill arrives?  As we’ve suggested before, you can save a bundle by doing your own brake jobs on the family voiture.  And while you can get the job done with basic hand tools, having the right tools takes the job from pain-in-the-ass to not-so-bad.

This particular set looks like a great place to start.  It includes a spring compressor (like we wrote about separately before), a spring installer, a spring removal tool, a spring retaining tool, spring pliers, two adjustment spoons, and a mini adjustment spoon — all in a nice, red, blow-molded case.

Those adjustment spoons come in quite handy.  Yeah, you can wedge a small screwdriver in there (maybe), but the proper tool gives you more adjustment per stroke — which means less time under the dirty side of the car.

Street pricing starts around $55.

8-pc Professional Brake Tool Set [Astro Pneumatic]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


5 Responses to Finds: A Professional Brake Tool Set

  1. Old Donn says:

    Good set, everything you need. Trouble is, drum brakes are going the way of the buggy whip.

  2. Myself says:

    I wish! One factor that pushed my decision to get the sporty version instead of the base model when I bought my car was the presence of rear drum brakes on the base model.

    It appears there’s no good way to implement a parking brake with discs, so even my rear discs have a little drum in the hub, just for the parking brake. Weird.

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    Gotta go with the above comment here… As much as I’d like them to all go away, I still seem to end up with a vehicle here and there that has one. My F150 has drums in the back, though my vintage Grand Cherokee and Miatas have (thankfully) discs all ’round.

  4. Nick Carter says:

    The best drum brake tool is the digital camera – take pictures at each step of the disassmbly process…

    I find brake tools cheap at garage sales/flea mkts/pawn shops, a lot of people don’t know what they are, or don’t care. I think I have paid between 25cents and a dollar for each of the tools shown in that set. Of course now I just have disc brakes…but one never knows what vehicles the future will bring.

    A good dial indicator and magnetic base is useful on disc brakes for determining runout – I had a problem that was only solveable once I detemined I had a warped rotor (.007″ out, barely discernable by eye when you knew what to look for)

  5. Old Donn says:

    Whoa! I said going, not gone. A camera’s handy, but doing one side at a time is a pretty good reference too. A real time job aid.

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