Removal & Installation
- Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts slightly.
- If the parking brake is applied, release the parking brake.
- Block the front wheels, raise the rear of the vehicle, and safely support it with jackstands.
- Remove the wheel lug nuts and the wheel.
Remove the drum.
NOTEDo not depress the brake pedal once the brake drum has been removed.
- Carefully unhook the tension spring from the leading (front) brake shoe and remove the clamp.
- Press the hold-down spring retainer in and turn the pin.
- Remove the hold-down spring, retainers and the pin. Pull out the brake shoe and unhook the anchor spring from the lower edge.
- Remove the hold-down spring from the trailing (rear) shoe. Pull the shoe out with the adjuster, automatic adjuster assembly and springs attached and disconnect the parking brake cable. Remove the tension/return and anchor springs from the rear shoe.
- Unhook the adjusting lever spring from the rear shoe and then remove the automatic adjuster assembly by popping out the C-clip.
- Inspect the shoes for signs of unusual wear or scoring.
- Check the wheel cylinder for any sign of fluid seepage or frozen pistons.
- Clean and inspect the brake backing plate and all other components. Lubricate the backing plate bosses and the anchor plate.
- Mount the automatic adjuster assembly onto a new rear brake shoe. Make sure the C-clip fits properly. Connect the adjuster and install the spring.
- Connect the parking brake cable to the rear shoe and then position the shoe so the lower end rides in the anchor plate and the upper end is against the boot in the wheel cylinder. Install the pin and the hold-down spring. Press the retainer down over the pin and rotate the pin so the crimped edge is held by the retainer. Install the anchor spring between the front and rear shoes and then stretch the spring enough so the front shoe will fit as the rear did. Install the hold-down spring, pin and retainer. Stretch the tension/return spring between the two shoes and connect it so it rides freely. Do not forget the return spring clamp.
- Install the brake drum.
- Install the rear wheels, tighten the wheel lug nuts, and lower the vehicle.
- Check the level of brake fluid in the master cylinder.
- Pump the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle. Adjust the rear brakes again if necessary.