Tip & How-To about Isuzu Trooper
When replacing disc brake pads it is always nescesary to collapse the caliper again as the piston that presses the pads against the rotor is protruding too far for the (thicker) new pads to fit. Using screwdrivers and such can damage the caliper, so there are several tools available for purchase. I just figured I'd make my own.
Refer to the diagram
Use a piece of flat bar(B), more or less 1 by 4 inches and about 3/8 inch thick. Find a bolt and nut(A) that fit to each other, let's say at least half inch thick and about 2 inches long. Drill a hole in the flat bar, big enough for the bolt to fit through, weld the nut over the hole and you're good to go.
When collapsing the caliper(5), assemble the newly made tool(just screw the bolt(3) into the nut) place the flat bar(2) against the piston(1), use an old pad(4) and fit it into the caliper (this is something for the bolt to push against), and uncrew the bolt until the piston has been pressed back into the caliper.
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