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Old 06-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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Found my brake leak!

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Bah. Looks like its coming from that actuator looking object. Piston? What do I need to do to fix it?

Does this mean I should just swap an 8.8 onto it now? ;D

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You will need to replace the cylinder and should probably do both if they are the same age. in addition the brake shoes need to be replaced as they are contaminated with fluid. The parts are not expensive

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I've worked on drum brakes on my golf cart. I for some reason messed with the alignment of them and it took me forever to get them centered again.

So, besides that bad experience, are drum brakes difficult to do? Possible for a first timer to not mess anything up?
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They can be finicky. Do yourself a favor along with pads, get a drum brake small parts kit so you don't have to worry about reusing anything springs, pins, locks. They aren't to expensive. Take apart one side at a time so you have reference. And just take your time and be patient, not outside the realm of a first timer. Service manual would help too.
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They can be finicky. Do yourself a favor along with pads, get a drum brake small parts kit so you don't have to worry about reusing anything springs, pins, locks. They aren't to expensive. Take apart one side at a time so you have reference.
They sell those at napa?
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They sell those at napa?
Yeah, any auto parts store like Napa, autozone, and advance auto, should have those kits in stock, usually.... It is a TJ
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Oh boy that looks like as much fun as the RMS change without the oil dripping on your face.
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I would do 5 drum brake changes over a RMS. Mine was a terrible experience and still leaking. Ill trade ya.
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Il see when I get through with them.
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Il see when I get through with them.
Get both sides up at the same time. Remove both wheels and drums. Change one side at a time, use the opposite side as reference.
I hate drum brakes with a passion, I made sure to get my 8.8 with disc
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Like said above, do one side at a time. Go to the parts store and get a big can of brake cleaner. Soak the back plate down real good and get everything good and clean. As you take the first side apart make a few notes and take some pictures. A shop manual would be a big help. As suggested above, absolutely do both sides. Get new wheel cylinders along with the brakes and rebuild kits. Take the drums to your local auto parts store and have them resurfaced. Or just look for a sale at CarX or Tuffy or a good auto repair shop and have them do it! LOL.
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Might as well convert to disc brakes
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First thing you need to do is put a jack stand under that thing!
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Drum brakes are the work of the devil.
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First thing you need to do is put a jack stand under that thing!
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^^^^^YES^^^^^
Well, I've got two jeep jacks under each side, and two floor jacks under it too. The front wheels are blocked too. My jack stand it WAY too high.
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Finished. It took me probably 4 hours to finish the first one. 2 for the second.

Brake drums are a PAIN. But not as bad as i thought they would be.


Now for the bad news..

while spinning the hub with nothing on it, it made a roaring sound.. The same exact sound that the bad bearing in my front output shaft on my transfer case sounds like. so, sounds like that sides bearing is bad and the other isnt too far behind it..

So now i get the decision to swap in the 8.8 with disk brakes and sell the D35 or keep the D35, and replace the bearings, or "let her eat".

I hate "finding" problems.

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