Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Clay, AL
Drives: 2005 Mercury Montego Premier
Rep Power: 21
Rear brake piston tool
Alright, I replaced my front brakes just before Thanksgiving and figured I could probably go a few more weeks until I needed to do the rears. The past day or so I've heard a slight squeak from the rear brakes under low-speed braking(no grinding or anything like that). This tells me I need to replace the rear pads soon.
I already know which pads I'm going to get, but I know that the pistons on the rear brakes need to be turned, rather than pushed, back in. What kind of tool is best for this job?
I see a few tool sets like http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumatic-78618-Caliper-Tool/dp/B002RDGMNM/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1354913020&sr=1-1&keywords=caliper+tool+set but they are all around $40-50. Not that expensive, but I want to avoid spending more money than I have to so close to Christmas. I also see cube-shaped tools http://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-5807-8-Inch-Piston-Retractor/dp/B000NPR32U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354914311&sr=8-2&keywords=piston+tool that attach to a socket wrench and is much cheaper. Will the cube tool work on an 05 Montego? Or will I have to spring for the complete tool set in order to get the job done?
From reading around it seems like some people say the "cube" tool works fine and others claim it's worthless. Some say the tool kits with all of the disks are useless. Which is true? Why do some people have problems with the cube tool when it works fine for others on the same kind of car? User error? Which tool is better?
Thanks for the help.
2005 Mercury Montego Premier--Current car
1995 Ford Crown Victoria LX--Current car
1995 Ford Crown Victoria Base--Beater project car
2004 Mercury Sable LS Premium--TOTALED by drunk driver at 89,000 mi.
Last edited by 04 SABLE; 12-07-2012 at 04:59 PM.