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Emergency/Parking Brake Spring Compressor?


Do they sell some type of tool that'll compress the spring for the parking brake on the rear calipers? I had to take off the bolt that holds the spring on to get to the caliper bolt with a damn rachet because the spring was in the way and a wench kept slipping off and now I can't get the spring back on it's like 2 inches away from the damn bolt when I put it in the hole it's supposed to slide into... these damn rear calipers are the biggest fucking hassle ever!
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the way i did it just took patience, thats the only help i can offer, sorry
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the way i did it just took patience, thats the only help i can offer, sorry
On the parking brake spring? What tools did you use?
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Just did this myself. After hours yesterday, messing with the spring and finally getting pretty PO, I woke up this morning, and had a stroke of genius.

Tools needed:
1 zip-tie, needs to be heavy duty, cuz the spring has a lot of pressure in it.
1 set of vice grips
1 set of wire cutter
This is pretty self explanatory:
Start compressing the spring using the vice grips.
Tie the zip-tie around the spring, but allow the ends of the spring to be exposed, allowing it to grab.

Keep clamping the spring and tightening the zip-tie each time.
Repeat until the spring is compressed enough to fit back onto the bracket.


When you get the spring compressed enough, just fit the ends into the proper holes, and cut the zip-tie.
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^ I used a similar method except i used a bench vise which works a little better than the vise grips. I strongly recommend wearing safety glasses of some kind cuz if you compress that spring and it slips on the teeth that sucker has alot of stored energy and she goes flying. GL
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so you were takin the rear caliper off and had to remove the parking brake spring? Extensions are a tool that lets you leave the spring on. Ive never had to remove a parking brake spring to take anything off of the rear brakes
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so you were takin the rear caliper off and had to remove the parking brake spring? Extensions are a tool that lets you leave the spring on. Ive never had to remove a parking brake spring to take anything off of the rear brakes
Yea, don't judge me, but it was my first time messing with brakes, learning as I go.
Once I figured this out, it only took me about 10 minutes.


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^ I used a similar method except i used a bench vise which works a little better than the vise grips. I strongly recommend wearing safety glasses of some kind cuz if you compress that spring and it slips on the teeth that sucker has alot of stored energy and she goes flying. GL
Gotta make do with what I have.
I don't have a garage or even a bench vise. Wish I had my own garage.
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I've always used a big pair of channel lock pliers to squeeze the cable holder together and just slide the cable out.

Things work a lot better when you have a car on a lift!
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Yea, don't judge me, but it was my first time messing with brakes, learning as I go.
Once I figured this out, it only took me about 10 minutes.


Not judging just sayin home slice
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Originally Posted by 86er View Post
Not judging just sayin home slice
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