Subaru Car 1998-05

Brake Shoes

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Adjustment



  1. Remove the adjusting hole cover from back plate.
  2.  
  3. Turn adjusting screw using a slot-type suitable tool (brake adjusting tool) until brake shoe is in close contact with the drum.
  4.  
  5. Turn back (downward) the adjusting screw 3 or 4 notches.
  6.  
  7. Install the adjusting hole cover to back plate.
  8.  

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheels
     
    Brake drum
     
    Both return springs
     
    Both retaining clips
     
    Brake shoes from the adjuster side first, then the wheel cylinder side, and pull them off the backing plate
     
    Parking brake cable from the parking lever on the trailing brake shoe, if equipped with rear drum parking brakes
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Apply brake grease to the backing plate where the brake shoes contact it.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Parking brake cable to the parking lever on the trailing brake shoe, if equipped with rear drum parking brakes
     
    Brake shoes to the wheel cylinder, then to the adjuster. Secure in place with the 2 pins and retaining clips.
     
    Return springs. The upper spring is thinner.
     
    Drum and adjust the brake shoes
     
    Wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Adjust the parking brake.
  6.  
  7. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder, pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brakes before attempting to move the vehicle and road test the vehicle.
  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake drum.
  6.  
  7. Remove both return springs.
  8.  
  9. Remove both retaining clips.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the brake shoes from the adjuster side first, then the wheel cylinder side, and pull them off the backing plate.
  12.  
  13. If equipped with rear drum parking brakes, unfasten the parking brake cable from the parking lever on the trailing brake shoe.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Apply brake grease to the backing plate where the brake shoes contact it.
  2.  
  3. Install the brake shoes to the wheel cylinder, then to the adjuster. Secure in place with the 2 pins and retaining clips.
  4.  
  5. Assemble the return springs. The upper spring is thinner.
  6.  
  7. Install the drum and adjust the brake shoes.
  8.  
  9. Install the wheels.
  10.  

1997


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Fig. Apply grease to the indicated points on the backing plate before installing the brake shoes (1997)

Apply grease to the indicated points on the backing plate before installing the brake shoes (1997)

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Fig. Proper retainer spring placement (1997)

Proper retainer spring placement (1997)
NOTE
Only service one brake assembly at a time. This will allow for visual comparison in the event of difficulty.

  1. Raise the vehicle and safely support on jackstands. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  2.  
  3. Remove the brake drum.
  4.  
  5. Remove both return springs carefully with a pair of brake pliers or equivalent.
  6.  
  7. Remove both retaining clips by first turning them 90 degrees with a pair of pliers to line up the slot in the lip with the flat end of the pin, then pull them off the pins.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the brake shoes from the adjuster side first, then the wheel cylinder side, and pull them off the backing plate.
  10.  
  11. If equipped with rear drum parking brakes, unfasten the parking brake cable from the parking lever on the rearward brake shoe.
  12.  
  13. Inspect all the brake shoe installation hardware and replace any piece(s) which are worn or damaged.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Apply brake grease to the backing plate where the brake shoes contact it.
  2.  
  3. Install the brake shoes to the wheel cylinder, then to the adjuster. Secure in place with the two pins and retaining clips.
    WARNING
    Be careful to keep the grease off the linings. If grease gets on the linings, it could cause reduced braking performance.

  4.  
  5. Assemble the return springs. The upper spring is thinner.
  6.  
  7. Adjust the brake shoe diameter to 7 in. (180mm). Measure the diameter in at least 3 places around the shoes.
  8.  
  9. Install the drum and adjust the brake shoes.
  10.  
  11. Install the wheel and tire assembly, then lower the vehicle.
  12.  

1998-05
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheels
     
    Brake drum
     
    Both return springs
     
    Both retaining clips
     
    Brake shoes from the adjuster side first, then the wheel cylinder side, and pull them off the backing plate
     
    Parking brake cable from the parking lever on the trailing brake shoe, if equipped with rear drum parking brakes
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Apply brake grease to the backing plate where the brake shoes contact it.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Parking brake cable to the parking lever on the trailing brake shoe, if equipped with rear drum parking brakes
     
    Brake shoes to the wheel cylinder, then to the adjuster. Secure in place with the 2 pins and retaining clips.
     
    Return springs. The upper spring is thinner.
     
    Drum and adjust the brake shoes
     
    Wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Adjust the parking brake.
  6.  
  7. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder, pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brakes before attempting to move the vehicle and road test the vehicle.
  8.  

 
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