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Old 09-11-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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Front and Rear Shoes and Pads Woohoo!

Had a squeaking brake so I decided with a free weekend to get my front pads and rear shoes replaced. First brake job and thought it'd be some good experience. Front disc pads were a piece of cake. Maybe spent about 25 minutes total on both. Realized I didn't grease 'em up and had to redo them with some grease packets.

However, the rear drum brakes whooped my ass The passenger side took me about 2 hours total just trying to remove all the springs then replace them back on, get shoes properly aligned up, then oops never put the parking brake piece back in the whole assembly might have exploded about two times. Finally, started on the other side, got the whole thing apart in less then 5 minutes - got it back together in ten... and the drums not fitting. Tried messing with the adjuster... until the front shoe slips away and the spring loosens. I had to put it down and go to bed before I had a drum imprint on my garage door. Finally got it finished tonight, but man did that whoop my ass.


Any newbie mechanic looking to do his or her own brakes, the front disc brakes are a piece of cake. Follow 4x4s instructions here. The rear brakes aren't awfully difficult, but it's intimidating when you remove the drum and see the spring assembly. Just follow 4x4's excellent guide slowly here and take your time. The only special tools you're going to need is a larger C-clamp and two different style spring compressor removal tools. Go to Advance Auto Parts, one is a large multi-purpose tool (spring pliers) and the other is a black screwdriver with a larger circle at the end of it like the image below. They make the job 10x easier. My one biggest recommendation is to put painters tape or something over the shoes so you don't touch the shoes while your adjusting them.



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Old 09-12-2010, 05:38 AM   #2
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And if you have never done drum brakes before, take a picture before you start removal so you will see what it is supposed to look like when you get it all back together, and as you take it apart, lay the pieces on the floor in the position they came out of to help in reassembly. Coat the adjuster threads with antisieze, and keep a couple cans of brake clean handy.

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....and don't ever disassemble both rear drums at the same time. Always leave one assembled to use as a reference when installing the hardware on the other side.
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x2 on leaving one untouched till you finish the one your working on.
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That is the key!I have been doing brake jobs for 30+ years,and I still leave one side intact for reference!
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Yea, that's exactly what I did which helped at one point when figuring out what side the adjuster cable sits on. I'm just glad I got it done and now feel confident enough to get it done in twenty minutes. My biggest two problems were pressing that nubby rivet into the shoe and getting those two springs that hold the shoes in.

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