|Manufacturer||Astro Pneumatic Tool|
|Brand||Astro Pneumatic Tool|
|Item Weight||5.57 pounds|
|Country of Origin||Taiwan|
|Item model number||78618|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Manufacturer Part Number||78618|
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Astro 78618 Brake Caliper Wind Back Tool Set - 18 Piece
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- Adaptor plates with thrust bolt assembly and reaction plate are precisely made
- Prevents damaging pistons and seals
- Updated adaptor set applicable for side variety of vehicles
- Durable and save time
- Kit includes: holder, right main body, left main body and 15 adapters
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18 Piece Brake Caliper Wind Back Tool Set.
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I was a simple mistake in packaging the parts, but I didn't start my brakes until it was too long after the purchase to return the kit or ask for replacement. Had I not bent a part with the twist of my wrist, I'd rate it better.
Some impressions from previous reviews are the case is junk, broken/rusty parts, lack of instructions, and the layout in the case does not match the pics.
THE CASE - The case I received is nothing great, but you're not purchasing this because you need a beefy, sturdy case. It's what's in the case that really matters. The case I received holds the parts securely and they are not loose/moving around. It basically does it's job and stays closed.
THE PARTS - The parts I received were covered in oil and therefore not rusty. They also were NOT broken. Although, I assume broken parts are probably a common issue and paperwork in the kit states to contact the manufacturer directly and they will replace them within a one year period. If I had to be anal, I would say 2 of the 3 adapters were 95% perfect because one of the 2 small cylinders that protrude from the adapters could have been hammered in a millimeter more so that they would be flush with the back. But, that's being anal and they will do the job as is.
INSTRUCTIONS - There are none. But, they have a list of which adapter fits what car. If you need instructions, then you shouldn't be changing your brakes and instead hire your 5 year old to do it for you. If you don't have a 5 year old, i guess you're screwed and need an indy shop.
CASE LAYOUT - It's slightly different and there are 5 adapters on the lid of the case... WHO CARES!! :)
For the $37 I spent on this kit i'm very happy with it and look forward to using it. If I ever do use it, i'll post a follow-up review.
For the front brake of my Honda, I use a simple C-clamp to retract the caliper and it works better for me. I needed this tool only for the rear brakes. Note that the rear disk brake caliper is more complicated and requires this type of special tool because of the emergency braking system. You have to use this type of special tool to rotate the caliper piston as you wind it back.
I ordered this set, which comes with both the right and left threaded bolt assemblies, because the price is about the same as another set that does not include the less common left threaded bolt assembly. Since the price is about the same, I ordered the most complete set.
I was happy to find out that the various pieces snuggly fit inside the blow molded case. Each piece of the set has a unique number stamped on it in order to identify it from the other pieces. Using the stamped number, it is easy to identify where each piece goes inside the case. The numbering system also makes it easy to follow the instructions as you read the manual.
Overall, this set is well organized and complete. The manual is clearly written and identifies which pieces are used for which make of car.
If you are tight on budget, you can borrow similar set from your local auto parts store, such as, Auto Zone. However, for such a low price, I rather have my own set and avoid making trips to the auto parts store.
One thing I did figure out on a screw type caliper, at least on a 1996 Ford Thunderbird, is that you want to open the bleeder screw. Was not able to turn the piston until I opened the valve. I suppose it has to do with the ABS pump not letting fluid move backwards. One more advantage to opening the bleeder is you do not push dirty fluid back into the system. I actually broke the roll pin that holds the screw together trying to do it without opening the bleeder screw. After replacing it with the one from the left hand tool and opening the bleeder it worked fine.