First time I've used this tool I bought over 30 years ago.

Joined
Dec 5, 2005
Messages
425
Location
Daytona Beach
Never saw those retainers. Must be cheaper to make than the old coil spring/slotted washer kind. I could do those with my fingers.
 
Joined
Aug 13, 2017
Messages
2,701
Location
WY
Most people used their fingers or pliers rather than walking to the tool box to get this tool. I have a couple kicking around that have probably never been used.
 
Joined
Jan 8, 2012
Messages
469
Location
Kingman, Arizona
My old Studebakers use the same type of retaining clips to retain the shoes. I use a screwdriver to remove them and use my fingers to install them. In all of the years of working on Studebakers, I never knew there was a specific tool for removing the retaining clips.
 
Joined
Sep 25, 2009
Messages
17,295
Location
OH
Originally Posted by Imp4
Drum brakes were always a PITA.
+1 on that although rear discs that use mechanical operation of the caliper to provide for a parking/emergency brake are also a PITA.
 
Joined
Jun 15, 2003
Messages
38,582
Location
ME
Those clips came with my F150 hardware kit. I like 'em just as well as or better than the washers & springs kind. For washers & springs, I always used an 11-12mm socket on a 6" extension, or just slip joint pliers. The little notch for engaging the nail end is money. I usually just spin the head behind the backing plate with my dopey blind finger.
 
Joined
Oct 3, 2010
Messages
2,424
Location
RI
Originally Posted by JohnG
Never saw those retainers. Must be cheaper to make than the old coil spring/slotted washer kind. I could do those with my fingers.
Not a chance you could do those with your fingers. Sorry. That tool is worth its weight in gold for that purpose. I have onenjust like it (different brand).
 
Last edited:
Joined
Dec 18, 2012
Messages
1,327
Location
Washington for now
i have got a bunch of those brake tools in the tool box. these days don't think i will ever use them again. finding a drum braked vehicle after 2010 is pretty hard. usually its the base model of anything. even my 99 outback had disk in the rear
 
Joined
Aug 30, 2004
Messages
28,583
Location
CA
Originally Posted by mattd
Originally Posted by JohnG
Never saw those retainers. Must be cheaper to make than the old coil spring/slotted washer kind. I could do those with my fingers.
Not a chance you could do those with your fingers. Sorry. That tool is worth its weight in gold for that purpose. I have onenjust like it (different brand).
Needle-nose pliers will usually work, but that tool definitely works better. Many Honda's use this style of retainer.
 
Joined
Jul 3, 2005
Messages
37,746
Location
NY
Perfect tool for the job. I also have a tool or two that I've owned for decades and never used.
 
Joined
Sep 30, 2013
Messages
15,241
Location
Indiana
Originally Posted by Imp4
Drum brakes were always a PITA.
I don't mine them. Had to help dad with his 240z a few years ago and they seemed simple enough. Tedious, but simple. Calipers depending on the vehicle can be easy conceptually, but very laborious depending on what needs done. Sumitomo calipers that allow you to slide the pads in from the top are an amazing design. Not sure why it didn't take off outside of the Japanese market. Dads Z and mom's ‘Yoda both have them.
 
Joined
Jan 13, 2013
Messages
4,161
Location
Texas
Originally Posted by Imp4
Drum brakes were always a PITA.
Yes . I had a 1970 Ford custom with drums , front & back . Back in the day . I purchased the " brake tools " to work on those brakes . Still have them . Our 1991 Caprice has drums in the back . Those tools come in handy for them , too .
 
Top