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Tool Review: Cal-Van Universal Caliper Turn and Push-Back Tool

Dec. 15, 2017
The reviewer appreciated that this tool could be used on almost any caliper.

The Cal-Van Tools Universal Caliper Turn and Push-Back Tool, No. 727, features two pivoting pins on a detachable head that allows the unit to engage almost any different caliper configuration. This tool replaces the large multi-piece kits and needs less storage space, the company says. The tool also has a 3/8” drive in the end for use with any 3/8” ratchet. By reversing the detachable head the tool can also accommodate work on front disc brakes.

The Review

For Barry Hoyland of VSSCA in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Cal-Van Tools Universal Caliper Turn and Push-Back Tool is just that, universal.

Hoyland used the tool for several applications. He performed both rear brake caliper resets, as well as front disc caliper compression, on a Mazda, GMC 1500, Cadillac SRX and Ford Escape.

"I like the tools' adjustability to be used on almost any caliper, whether it is a small car or a large truck, on front or rear brakes," Hoyland says.

Overall, he says, the tool requires no set up, comes with an easy-to-understand instruction sheet, and is easy to use.

To prepare for use Hoyland says he just set the pin spacing and uses either the hex or ratchet head to turn the shaft.

"This tool has both a hex head and the ability to use a 3/8" drive ratchet to turn the shaft, making it quick and easy to use," Hoyland says. "Multiple angles and pin settings allow the tool to be used on multiple applications, both on front and rear brakes."

While this tool requires no additional accessories, Hoyland suggests Cal-Van perhaps include a small cable to hold all the pieces together. But overall, he had no other concerns or questions about the tool.

Hoyland said he likes "the universal aspect of the tool, while having a very small number of pieces."

About the Author

Vesna Brajkovic | Associate Editor - Vehicle Repair Group

Vesna Brajkovic is associate editor for the Vehicle Repair Group.

Brajkovic has covered the transportation industry for a number of trade publications, with a focus on the vehicle maintenance and automotive aftermarket industries since 2016. Prior to that, she covered the global aviation industry as assistant editor for Endeavor Business Media's AviationPros.com, and held a number of editorial positions at an award-winning community newspaper.

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