Subaru ff-1/1300/1400/1600/1800/Brat 1970-1984 Repair Guide

Brake Shoes

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INSPECTION



Inspect the brake shoes for excessive or uneven wear, fluid contamination, bent and/or broken parts and cracks. If any of these conditions exist, replace the brake shoes. Inspect the shoes for wear, rust or damage. On ff-1 and 1300G models, if the lining is worn down to 0.07 in. (1.8mm) or less, replace the shoes. On other models, the primary shoe lining limit is 0.03 (1mm) and the secondary shoe lining limit is 0.05 in. (1.5mm). Replace both brake shoes on the other side, as well, to prevent uneven braking.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




WARNING
It is a good idea to remove the shoes one side at a time. This way you can refer to the brake on the other side for the correct order of shoe installation.



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Fig. Fig. 1 Although not always necessary, using specialized brake tools will save time

ff-1 and 1300G
  1. Remove the brake drums.
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  3. Loosen and remove the brake line from the rear of the backing plate.
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  5. Unscrew the 4 brake backing plate bolts and remove the brake assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2 Drum brake assembly-ff-1 and 1300G models

  1. Before disassembling, make sure that the automatic adjuster assembly movement is correct by pulling the cable.
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  3. Lift the automatic adjuster assembly cable by pulling it out from the shoe side and removing it from the shoe hole.
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  5. Remove the automatic adjuster assembly from the shoe.
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  7. Remove the shoe return spring and cable from the anchor pin by using a brake tool.
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  9. Remove the shoe set spring with a brake tool to release the shoe.
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  11. Remove the handbrake cable from the shoe.
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  13. Remove the handbrake shoe strut and shoes.
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  15. Clean the adjuster and grease its threads. Remove excess grease from its outside.
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To install:

  1. Install the primary shoe on the backing plate and secure it with its retaining spring.
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  3. Attach the parking brake lever and cable assembly to the secondary shoe.
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  5. Install the secondary shoe and secure it with its retaining spring.
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  7. Coat the backing plate surfaces with a small amount of brake grease where it contacts the brake shoes.
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CAUTION
Be careful not to get any grease on the lining surfaces.

  1. Position the parking brake strut between the shoes.
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  3. Using a brake tool, fit the