Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara, XL7 2000-06

Brake Shoes

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Refer to brake shoe removal and installation.

Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheel(s).
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake drum.
  6.  
  7. Using a suitable tool, remove the brake shoe return spring.
  8.  
  9. Using a brake spring hold-down tool, disengage the hold-down spring and retainers from the front shoe. Remove the hold-down retainer pinch.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the anchor spring from the front shoe and remove the front shoe.
  12.  
  13. Remove the anchor spring from the rear shoe. Using a brake spring hold-down tool, disengage the hold-down spring and retainers from the rear shoe. Remove the hold-down pinch.
  14.  
  15. Disengage the parking brake lever from the parking brake cable and remove the rear shoe.
  16.  
  17. Remove the C-washer, the automatic adjuster lever and spring, the C-washer, and the parking brake lever from the rear shoe.
  18.  
  19. Thoroughly clean the backing plate and brake hardware with brake cleaning solvent. Apply high temperature grease to the backing plate shoe contact points, anchor plate and shoe contact points, adjusting bolt, and adjuster and brake shoe contact points.
  20.  

To install:

  1. Reinstall the automatic adjuster lever and the parking brake lever to the rear shoe using new C-washers.
  2.  
  3. Connect the parking brake lever to the parking brake cable. Set the adjuster and spring to the rear shoe.
  4.  
  5. Set the rear brake shoe in place, install the hold-down pin and install the hold-down spring and retainers. Make sure that the shoe is inserted in the wheel cylinder and that the other end is in the anchor plate.
  6.  
  7. Install the anchor spring to the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the front shoe to the other end of the anchor spring and set the front shoe in place. Make sure that the front shoe engages the wheel cylinder, adjuster mechanism and spring, and the anchor plate.
  10.  
  11. Reinstall the front brake shoe hold-down pin and secure with the hold-down spring and retainers using a suitable tool.
  12.  
  13. Install the return spring.
  14.  
  15. Install the brake drum and pull the parking brake lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard.
  16.  
  17. Verify that the rear wheels will not turn. If the rear wheels turn, adjust the parking brake cable as necessary.
  18.  
  19. Release the parking brake and remove the brake drum. Measure the diameter of the brake shoes. Brake diameter should be as follows:

    For 2 door models: 8.638 ( 0.0012 inches (219 ( 0.3mm)
     
    For 4 door models: 9.980 ( 0.0079 inches (253.5 ( 0.2mm)
     

  20.  
  21. If the brake shoe clearance is not correct, adjust the brake shoes until the clearance is correct.
  22.  
  23. Reinstall the brake drum, replace the wheel(s), and safely lower the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Road-test the vehicle for proper brake operation.
  26.  

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  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheel(s).
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake drum.
  6.  
  7. Using a suitable tool, remove the brake shoe return spring.
  8.  
  9. Using a brake spring hold-down tool, disengage the hold-down spring and retainers from the front shoe. Remove the hold-down retainer pinch
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the anchor spring from the front shoe and remove the front shoe.
  12.  
  13. Remove the anchor spring from the rear shoe. Using a brake spring hold-down tool, disengage the hold-down spring and retainers from the rear shoe. Remove the hold-down pinch
  14.  
  15. Disengage the parking brake lever from the parking brake cable and remove the rear shoe.
  16.  
  17. Remove the C-washer, the automatic adjuster lever and spring, the C-washer, and the parking brake lever from the rear shoe.
  18.  
  19. Thoroughly clean the backing plate and brake hardware with brake cleaning solvent. Apply high temperature grease to the backing plate shoe contact points, anchor plate and shoe contact points, adjusting bolt, and adjuster and brake shoe contact points.
  20.  

To install:

  1. Reinstall the automatic adjuster lever and the parking brake lever to the rear shoe using new C-washers.
  2.  
  3. Connect the parking brake lever to the parking brake cable. Set the adjuster and spring to the rear shoe.
  4.  
  5. Set the rear brake shoe in place, install the hold-down pin and install the hold-down spring and retainers. Make sure that the shoe is inserted in the wheel cylinder and that the other end is in the anchor plate.
  6.  
  7. Install the anchor spring to the rear shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the front shoe to the other end of the anchor spring and set the front shoe in place. Make sure that the front shoe engages the wheel cylinder, adjuster mechanism and spring, and the anchor plate.
  10.  
  11. Reinstall the front brake shoe hold-down pin and secure with the hold-down spring and retainers using a suitable tool.
  12.  
  13. Install the return spring.
  14.  
  15. Install the brake drum and pull the parking brake lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard.
  16.  
  17. Verify that the rear wheels will not turn. If the rear wheels turn, adjust the parking brake cable as necessary.
  18.  
  19. Release the parking brake and remove the brake drum. Measure the diameter of the brake shoes. Brake diameter should be as follows:

    For 2 door models: 8.638 ( 0.0012 inches (219 ( 0.3mm)
     
    For 4 door models: 9.980 ( 0.0079 inches (253.5 ( 0.2mm)
     

  20.  
  21. If the brake shoe clearance is not correct, adjust the brake shoes until the clearance is correct.
  22.  
  23. Reinstall the brake drum, replace the wheel(s), and safely lower the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Road-test the vehicle for proper brake operation.
  26.  

 
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