How to Replace Brake Shoes

Below guide will teach you How to Replace Brake Shoes . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Mallet Hammer
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Standard Wrench Set
  • 1/2 in. Drive Ratchet
  • 3/8 in. Drive Torque Wrench
  • Brake Shoe Set

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $67.54 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $182.47 parts and labor

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  • Park the vehicle on a flat surface.
  • Loosen the lug nuts but keep them in place.
  • Raise the vehicle with the help of floor jack and support the vehicle on jack stands. Floor jack alone is not enough to ensure your safety.
  • Take the lug nuts way and discard the wheels from the vehicle.
  • Discard the brake drum and if required, pull out the star wheel adjuster as well.
  • Using a spray bottle filled with a solution of water and detergent, clean the brake assembly. Never use compressed air for cleaning the brakes. Examine carefully whether the brake shoes are damaged or not.
  • Discard the primary and secondary brake shoe return spring from the anchor pin and brake shoes.
  • Disconnect the adjuster cable and spring assembly. Unfasten the star adjuster screw and thread the adjuster completely in it.
  • Discard the front brake shoe retainer, parking brake linkage and also front brake shoe.
  • 10. Next, you need to discard the parking brake lever from the rear brake shoe. Also, discard the rear brake shoe retainer and rear brake shoe as well.
  • Lubricate the backing plate contact points with white lithium grease.
  • Now you are ready to install the new brake shoe by reversing the entire process. Make sure that during installation new brake shoe remains clean.
  • Reassemble the brake drum and adjust the brake shoe as required.
  • Put the wheels back and secure them with lug nuts.
  • Remove the jack stands and lower the jack. Take a small drive to confirm the repair work.

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