REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Special tools are helpful in this procedure.
- Raise and support the rear end on jackstands.
- Remove the brake drums.
- Install a wheel cylinder piston retainer on the wheel cylinder.
- Remove the brake shoe hold-down springs by pressing down on the springs bottoms with a tool designed for that purpose, or with a punch. Unhook the springs from the retainers.
- Remove the brake shoe upper return spring with a pliers or brake spring tool.
- Remove the brake shoes. Unless the parking brake cable or arm is being replaced, leave the cable attached to the arm.
- Clean the backing plate and wheel cylinder. Check the wheel cylinder for signs of leakage. If leakage is noted, repair or replace the cylinder.
Never change brakes on one side of the car only. Both sides must be replaced at the same time.
- Installation is the reverse of removal. Apply a light coat of high temperature grease on the pads upon which the shoes rest. The shoe with the longer lining is the front shoe. Install the drum. Adjust the bearings as described in . Adjust the brakes as described at the beginning of this section.