Removal & Installation
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Rear wheels and brake drums
Upper return spring from the brake shoes
Push the retainer springs and turn the tension pins to release the shoes from the backing plate.
Lower the brake shoe assembly and remove the lower return spring
Brake shoe assembly from the backing plate
Parking brake cable from the brake shoe lever
Upper return spring, self-adjuster lever, and self-adjuster spring. Separate the brake shoes.
Wave washer, parking brake lever, and pivot pin from the brake shoe by removing the U-clip.
Fig. Rear drum brakes-Civic shown
Install or connect the following:
Brake cylinder grease to the sliding surface of the pivot pin and insert the pin into the brake shoe.
Parking brake lever and wave washer on the pivot pin and pinch the U-clip with a pair of pliers to secure the pivot pin to the shoe
Parking brake cable to the parking brake lever
Adjuster spring to the adjuster lever first, then to the brake shoe
Adjuster bolt/clevis assembly and the upper return spring
Brake shoes to the backing plate
Lower return spring, the tension pins and retaining springs
Connect the upper return spring
Turn the adjuster bolt to force the brake shoes out until the brake drum will not easily go on. Back off the adjuster bolt just enough that the brake drum will go on and turn easily.
Install the wheels.
Depress the brake pedal several times to set the self-adjusting brake. Adjust the parking brake.