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  • Brakes: Stude disc brake pad cyl tool

    So its been over 35 years since I replaced the pads. I do not remember if I utilized the special tool to push back the pistons inside the wheel cylinders. Is this tool absolutely needed?.........or can a thick screwdriver be used to push the pistons back? Thanks in advance for the 'skinny';-)

  • #2
    A Large Channel Lock Pliers will work if you open the bleeder.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner
    SDC Member Since 1967

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    • #3
      Or a C-Clamp.................
      Paul
      Winston-Salem, NC
      Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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      • #4
        It is advisable to first open the bleeder screw, connect a hose and feed it into a bottle to collect fluid as the pistons are pushed back. This is especially important on late model cars to prevent pushing gunk into the master cylinder or the ABS.
        D 'N Q RACE ENGINES

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        • #5
          Does the hose have to be submerged in a bottle of brake fluid?

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          • #6
            That would be the way to do a one-man brake bleed, but you are only pushing the pistons back at this time so no, no need to have the hose submerged.
            D 'N Q RACE ENGINES

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            • #7
              Do NOT push on bare pistons. You risk bending the pad retainer head. Do it before removing the old pads.
              Bez Auto Alchemy
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              http://bezautoalchemy.com


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              • #8
                Originally posted by bezhawk View Post
                Do NOT push on bare pistons. You risk bending the pad retainer head. Do it before removing the old pads.
                Brad boy are U correct!...........many years ago I had to confront a situation...........the cylinders I purchased which were SS sleeved had two "mushroomed" pad attachment "tits"....it took me some time to figure out why I had dragging brakes up front....I managed to fix this so that the pad attaching plate would slide on the 'tit" as new.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bezhawk View Post
                  Do NOT push on bare pistons. You risk bending the pad retainer head. Do it before removing the old pads.
                  I guess that is why Kent-Moore had that special tool to re-set the bare pistons?

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