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.