For the inspection procedure for the rear brake shoes, refer to the inspection procedure of the rear brake drum portion of this section.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
If you are not thoroughly familiar with the procedures involved in brake replacement, disassemble and assemble one side at a time, leaving the other wheel intact, as a reference. This will reduce the risk of assembling the brakes incorrectly. Special brake tools are available to make this repair easier.
- Remove the brake drum as described above. Remove the automatic adjuster spring by disconnecting the upper hook with a pair of pliers and then disconnecting it at the bottom. Then, remove the automatic adjuster lever.
- Rotate the adjuster screw assembly to move each shoe out far enough to be free of the wheel cylinder boots.
- Disconnect the parking brake cable from the parking brake actuating lever located at the brake mounting plate.
- Remove the two shoe hold-down springs (use special brake tool if possible) by depressing and then turning each mounting washer so the narrow cut in the center of the clip is lined up with the locking bar. When the washer is properly lined up, slowly remove the tension and then remove the washer and spring.
- Rock the shoes away from the wheel cylinder at the top and then loosen the adjustment on the automatic adjuster until tension is removed from the brake return spring (linking the tops of the shoes). Then, unhook and remove this spring. Unhook the shoe-to-shoe spring from the bottoms of the shoes, too.
- Pull the shoes down and away from the support plate and remove them. In the case of the trailing shoe, use a suitable small lever to pull the C-clip off the retaining post. Remove the C-clip and the wave washer underneath, and then disconnect the parking brake lever at the shoe.
- Clean the metal parts of the brake shoes and inspect them to ensure that they are not bent or severely worn. Inspect the lining to make sure it contacts the drum evenly. Also inspect it to make sure that the minimum lining thickness requirement shown in the Brake Specifications chart and any applicable state inspection standards for lining thickness are met. Always use these specifications as a guide. Replace the brake shoes before damage to the brake drum starts.
- Clean and inspect the brake support plate and the self-adjuster threads. Apply Multipurpose grease to the threads. Replace the self-adjuster if the threads are corroded. Inspect the springs for overheating (signs are burned paint or distorted end coils) and replace as necessary.
- Lubricate all 8 contact areas of the support plate with Multipurpose grease. Insert the post of the parking brake lever through the trailing shoe. Install the wave washer and a new C-clip.
- Attach the return (upper) spring between the two shoe assemblies; then install the brake automatic adjuster with the two stepped sides of the forks facing to the front or outboard sides of the shoes. The longer fork must face toward the rear.
- Connect the shoe-to-shoe spring to the bottoms of the shoes. Then, expand the automatic adjuster assembly by turning the screw until the shoes are far enough apart that they will not disturb the wheel cylinder boots when installing them. Move the shoes upward and into position on the support plate, sliding the bottoms under the retaining clip at the bottom of the plate.
- Install the hold-down springs by forcing the locks over the retainers and then turning them 90° to ensure they lock positively.
- Install the automatic adjuster lever and its retaining spring. Connect the parking brake cable to the parking brake actuating lever on the mounting plate.
- Adjust the automatic adjuster well inward so the brake drum can be installed without resistance.
Make sure the adjuster nut stays in contact with the tubular strut of the adjuster when you do this.
- Install the brake drum. Readjust the wheel bearings as described in Suspension & Steering and install a new cotter pin. Install the wheel and torque the bolts.
- After lowering the car, pump the brake pedal several times to adjust the brakes. When there is adequate pedal, road test the car in an isolated area at lower speeds applying the brakes repeatedly to ensure that they are performing well and to complete the adjustment. Refer to the necessary service procedures in this information guide.