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Old 11-20-2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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rear brake cylinder disaster...

so i went to check my rear end last night and noticed that my rear passenger side wheel cylinder had exploaded and my brakes have drained almost completely dry i bought a new one but havent put it on yet....
has anyone been through this before?

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Old 11-20-2010, 09:18 AM   #2
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Not hard to do but you need a second set of legs to bleed the system.

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Old 11-20-2010, 09:57 AM   #3
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Get some speed bleeders and it will make your brake bleeding job a breeze. You can get them at most auto parts stores. It is a brake bleeder screw that has a check valve in it so you do not need a second person to bleed the brakes. They run about $5 a piece, but well worth the money.
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Gravity bleed it after you install the cylinder . If you can pinch the line(not real tight) where the hard line gose to rubber by the rear diff. then you wont lose alot of fluid . Go easy on getting the line off the cylinder a line wrench would be best dont kink the hard line or you'll be replacing the line across the rear diff. witch aint bad if you got the tools. for the price of the cylinders i'd do both but thats just me .After you gravity bleed it thats when you need help to get any air thats left out .Speed bleeders work well for doing the job yourself if you go that way get the better ones . I've had problems with the cheep ones ..
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I was told to always replace brake parts in pairs, as in if you do the passenger side do the drivers side too. I got a one person bleeder kit from Autozone for about $5 which consisted of a tube and a little bottle with a magnet attached to it. One end of the hose goes on the bleeder valve and the other goes into the bottle. By putting a little fluid into the bottle and making sure the end of the hose is always submerged, no air gets in the line. It makes it very easy to do by yourself.
The hardest part for me was to get the drum off. Oh yeah, get NAPA parts, not Autozone ones (wheel cylinders).
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The hardest part for me was getting the rusty bolts that attach the wheel cylinder to the backing plate... I broke one. Then I had to get one from the dealer. I have a spring puller to get the springs off/on the drum brakes, without using needle nose pliers..... If you don't have one, you may want to get one. Not a must, but definately makes the job much more enjoyable. I bled my brakes with a friend pumping the pedal and me bleeding each wheel starting with the rear passenger side. Worked fine for me and didn't take too long. I use fish tank hose off the bleeder into an old can at each wheel... So, you will need four 12" pieces of fish tank hose and four old beer cans.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:43 AM   #7
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well i got started on this thing yesterday and i did buy two cylinders but i also bought a new spring kit and new shoes ...... i wish i had taken pictures of how bad it was before we soaked everything with brake cleaner and kerosene
the passenger side is definately bad when i pulled off the drum peices of cable and a spring fell out.... i just hope the good side will be easier
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:53 AM   #8
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Good call on replacing everything thats the way to do it brakes, spring kit and doing both sides . You'll have a high brake pedal and tight E-brake
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Good call on replacing everything thats the way to do it brakes, spring kit and doing both sides . You'll have a high brake pedal and tight E-brake
I agree

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