Nissan Frontier, Xterra 1998-05

Brake Shoes

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Removal & Installation



2003 6-Cyl. Frontier And Xterra


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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components-2003 6-cyl. Frontier and Xterra

  1. Remove the drum.
  2.  
  3. After removing shoe hold pin by rotating retainer, remove leading shoe then remove trailing shoe. Remove spring by rotating shoes in direction arrow.
  4.  


WARNING
Be careful not to damage wheel cylinder piston boots. Be careful not to damage parking brake cable when separating it.

  1. Remove the adjuster.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the parking brake cable from toggle lever.
  4.  
  5. Remove retainer clip with a suitable tool. Then separate toggle lever and brake shoe (trailing side).
  6.  
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal.
  8.  

4-Cyl. Frontier And 2001-02 6-Cyl. Frontier And Xterra
  1. Release the parking brake.
  2.  
  3. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheel and drum.
  6.  
  7. Remove the hold-down pin retainers.
  8.  
  9. Remove the leading shoe and then the trailing shoe.
  10.  
  11. Remove the adjuster.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  14.  

To install:



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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components-4-cyl. Frontier



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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components-2001-02 6-cyl. Frontier and Xterra

  1. Transfer the toggle lever to the new rear shoe.
  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of brake grease to the tips of the shoes and the 6 pads on the backing plate that contact the brake shoe.
  4.  
  5. Shorten the adjuster by turning it.
  6.  
  7. Connect the parking brake cable to the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower return spring to both shoes and install the shoes on the backing plate with the hold down pins and retainers.
  10.  
  11. Install the adjuster and the remaining springs. Pay attention to the direction of the adjuster assembly.
  12.  
  13. Inspect the complete assembly and install the brake drum.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the shoe to drum clearance.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel assembly and lower the vehicle to the floor.
  18.  

Frontier
  1. Release the parking brake.
  2.  
  3. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheel and drum.
  6.  
  7. Remove the hold-down pin retainers.
  8.  
  9. Remove the leading shoe and then the trailing shoe.
  10.  
  11. Remove the adjuster.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  14.  

To install:

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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components-4-cyl. Frontier



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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components-6-cyl. Frontier

  1. Transfer the toggle lever to the new rear shoe.
  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of brake grease to the tips of the shoes and the 6 pads on the backing plate that contact the brake shoe.
  4.  
  5. Shorten the adjuster by turning it.
  6.  
  7. Connect the parking brake cable to the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower return spring to both shoes and install the shoes on the backing plate with the hold down pins and retainers.
  10.  
  11. Install the adjuster and the remaining springs. Pay attention to the direction of the adjuster assembly.
  12.  
  13. Inspect the complete assembly and install the brake drum.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the shoe to drum clearance.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel assembly and lower the vehicle to the floor.
  18.  

1998-2004 With 2.4L Engine


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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components 2.4L engine-Frontier

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the brake fluid, as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake.
  6.  
  7. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear wheel and drum.
  10.  
  11. Remove the hold-down pin retainers.
  12.  
  13. Remove the leading shoe and then the trailing shoe.
  14.  
  15. Remove the adjuster.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Transfer the toggle lever to the new rear shoe.
  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of brake grease to the tips of the shoes and the 6 pads on the backing plate that contact the brake shoe.
  4.  
  5. Shorten the adjuster by turning it.
  6.  
  7. Connect the parking brake cable to the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower return spring to both shoes and install the shoes on the backing plate with the hold down pins and retainers.
  10.  
  11. Install the adjuster and the remaining springs. Pay attention to the direction of the adjuster assembly.
  12.  
  13. Inspect the complete assembly and install the brake drum.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the shoe to drum clearance.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel assembly and lower the vehicle to the floor.
  18.  

1999-2002 With 3.3L Engine


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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components 3.3L engine-1999-2002 Frontier

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the brake fluid, as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake.
  6.  
  7. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear wheel and drum.
  10.  
  11. Remove the hold-down pin retainers.
  12.  
  13. Remove the leading shoe and then the trailing shoe.
  14.  
  15. Remove the adjuster.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Transfer the toggle lever to the new rear shoe.
  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of brake grease to the tips of the shoes and the 6 pads on the backing plate that contact the brake shoe.
  4.  
  5. Shorten the adjuster by turning it.
  6.  
  7. Connect the parking brake cable to the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower return spring to both shoes and install the shoes on the backing plate with the hold down pins and retainers.
  10.  
  11. Install the adjuster and the remaining springs. Pay attention to the direction of the adjuster assembly.
  12.  
  13. Inspect the complete assembly and install the brake drum.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the shoe to drum clearance.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel assembly and lower the vehicle to the floor.
  18.  

Frontier And Xterra
2003-2004 With 3.3L Engine


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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components 3.3L engine-2003-2004Frontier and Xterra

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the brake fluid, as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove the drum.
  8.  
  9. After removing shoe hold pin by rotating retainer, remove leading shoe then remove trailing shoe. Remove spring by rotating shoes in direction arrow.
    WARNING
    Be careful not to damage wheel cylinder piston boots. Be careful not to damage parking brake cable when separating it.

  10.  
  11. Remove the adjuster.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the parking brake cable from toggle lever.
  14.  
  15. Remove retainer clip with a suitable tool. Then separate toggle lever and brake shoe (trailing side).
  16.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  

Quest

The rear drum brakes use an internal rear wheel cylinder with expanding shoes and lining that are applied against a rotating brake drum. An incremental brake adjuster screw is actuated whenever sufficient wear occurs. Brake adjustment takes place in forward or reverse braking but not with parking brake application.

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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components-Quest

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly. Remove the brake drum using the recommended procedure.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the parking brake rear cable and conduit from the parking brake lever.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 2 brake shoe hold-down springs and the 2 brake shoe hold-down pins.

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    Fig. Remove the upper retracting spring-Quest

  8.  
  9. Remove the upper retracting spring.

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    Fig. Remove the lower retracting spring-Quest

  10.  
  11. Remove the lower retracting spring.
  12.  
  13. Remove the brake adjuster screw.
  14.  
  15. Remove the rear brake shoes and linings from the brake backing plate.
  16.  
  17. Remove the parking brake lever clip and washer.
  18.  
  19. Remove the parking brake lever from the secondary brake shoe and lining.
  20.  

To install:

  1. Install the parking brake lever to the secondary brake shoe and lining with a new parking brake lever clip.
  2.  
  3. Position the secondary (rear) shoe on the backing plate and install the brake shoe hold-down spring and pin.
  4.  
  5. Position the primary (front) shoe on the backing plate and install the brake shoe hold-down spring and pin.
  6.  
  7. Attach the parking brake rear cable and conduit to the parking brake lever.
  8.  
  9. Attach the lower retracting spring to the rear brake shoes.
  10.  
  11. Apply a light coat of high-quality grease to the threaded areas of the adjuster nut and adjuster socket. Turn the adjuster nut all the way down on the brake adjuster screw, then loosen the adjuster 1 / 2 turn. Install the adjuster screw in the slots on the rear brake shoes. The wider slot on the socket must fit in the slot on the primary (front) brake shoe. The slot on the adjuster nut end must fit into the slots in the secondary (rear) brake shoe and parking brake lever.
  12.  
  13. Install the brake shoe adjusting lever on the adjuster lever pin.
  14.  
  15. Install the upper retracting spring in the slot on the secondary shoe and in the slot on the brake shoe adjusting lever. The brake shoe adjusting lever should contact the brake adjuster screw.
  16.  
  17. Install the brake drum onto the wheel studs.
  18.  
  19. Install the tire and wheel and torque the fasteners to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Lower the vehicle.
    NOTE
    In most all cases, manual brake adjustment IS NOT recommended. Adjustment is performed by driving the vehicle and applying the brakes.

  22.  
  23. The rear brakes do not require adjustment when being serviced to obtain a firm brake pedal feel. To achieve a firm brake pedal after servicing the rear brakes, sharply apply the brake pedal several times while driving the vehicle alternately forwards and backwards. Check the brake operation by making several stops while driving forward. The self-adjusting mechanism will sufficiently adjust the rear brake shoes without any manual tightening at the brake shoe adjuster. If the rear brake shoes are manually adjusted, the additional action of the brake shoe adjuster can cause the brakes to become over-tightened and result in binding or overheated rear brakes.
  24.  

Xterra
2000-2002 With 3.3L Engine


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Fig. Rear drum brake assembly and related components 3.3L engine-2000-2002 Xterra

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the brake fluid, as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake.
  6.  
  7. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear wheel and drum.
  10.  
  11. Remove the hold-down pin retainers.
  12.  
  13. Remove the leading shoe and then the trailing shoe.
  14.  
  15. Remove the adjuster.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Transfer the toggle lever to the new rear shoe.
  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of brake grease to the tips of the shoes and the 6 pads on the backing plate that contact the brake shoe.
  4.  
  5. Shorten the adjuster by turning it.
  6.  
  7. Connect the parking brake cable to the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower return spring to both shoes and install the shoes on the backing plate with the hold down pins and retainers.
  10.  
  11. Install the adjuster and the remaining springs. Pay attention to the direction of the adjuster assembly.
  12.  
  13. Inspect the complete assembly and install the brake drum.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the shoe to drum clearance.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel assembly and lower the vehicle to the floor.
  18.  

2000-2004 With 2.4L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Drain the brake fluid, as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake.
  6.  
  7. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear wheel and drum.
  10.  
  11. Remove the hold-down pin retainers.
  12.  
  13. Remove the leading shoe and then the trailing shoe.
  14.  
  15. Remove the adjuster.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Transfer the toggle lever to the new rear shoe.
  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of brake grease to the tips of the shoes and the 6 pads on the backing plate that contact the brake shoe.
  4.  
  5. Shorten the adjuster by turning it.
  6.  
  7. Connect the parking brake cable to the toggle lever on the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower return spring to both shoes and install the shoes on the backing plate with the hold down pins and retainers.
  10.  
  11. Install the adjuster and the remaining springs. Pay attention to the direction of the adjuster assembly.
  12.  
  13. Inspect the complete assembly and install the brake drum.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the shoe to drum clearance.
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel assembly and lower the vehicle to the floor.
  18.  

 
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