GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Brake Shoes

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INSPECTION



1 / 8 in. thick at the lowest point on the brake shoe. The limit for rear brake linings is 1 / 18 .

Remove the drum and inspect the lining thickness on both brake shoes. A front brake lining should be replaced if it is less than

Brake shoes should always be replaced in axle sets.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Support the car on jackstands, slacken the parking brake cable and remove the rear wheels, rear brake drums, and front drums and hub assemblies.
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  3. Free the brake shoe return springs, actuator pull-back spring, hold-down pins and springs, and actuator assembly.
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  5. On rear wheels, disconnect the adjusting mechanism and spring, and remove the primary shoe.
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  7. Disconnect the parking brake lever from the secondary shoe and remove the shoe. Front wheel shoes may be removed simultaneously.
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  9. Clean and inspect all parts. Scored or out-of-round drums should be reconditioned or replaced.
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  11. Check wheel bearings, oil seals, wheel cylinders, and rear axle seals; repacking or replacing as needed.
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  13. Inspect the replacement shoes for nicks or burrs, lubricate the backing plate contact points, brake cable and levers, and adjusting screws, then reassemble.
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  15. Be sure that the left and right-hand adjusting screws are not mixed. The star wheel should be nearest the secondary shoe when properly installed.
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  17. Reverse the procedure for reassembly. When completed, make an initial adjustment as described under adjustments.
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