Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Brake Shoes

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INSPECTION




CAUTION
Brake shoes contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surfaces. When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

See Figure 1

When servicing drum brakes, only dissemble and assemble one side at a time, leaving the remaining side intact for reference.

  1. Inspect all parts for rust and damage.
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  3. Measure the lining thickness. The minimum allowable thickness is 0.039 inch (1.0mm). If the lining does not meet the minimum specification, replace it.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Measure the lining thickness of the brake shoes in several spots

If one of the brake shoes needs to be replaced, replace all the rear shoes in order to maintain even braking.

  1. Measure inside diameter of the drum as detailed in this Section.
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  3. Place the shoe into the drum and check that the lining is in proper contact with the drum's surface. If the contact is improper, repair the lining with a brake shoe grinder or replace the shoe.
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  5. To measure the clearance between brake shoe and parking brake lever, temporarily install the parking brake and automatic adjusting levers onto the rear shoe, using a new C-washer. With a feeler gauge, measure the clearance between the shoe and the lever. The clearance should be within 0-0.013 inch (0-0.35mm). If the clearance is not as specified, use a shim to adjust it. When the clearance is correct, stake the C-washer with pliers.
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REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION



See Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the rear brake shoes components

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the wheels.
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  3. Perform the brake drum removal procedure as previously detailed. Do one set of shoes at a time. Note the position and direction of each component part so that they may be reinstalled in the correct order.
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Do not depress the brake pedal once the brake drum has been removed.

  1. Carefully unhook the return spring from the leading (front) brake shoe. Grasp the hold-down spring pin with pliers and turn it until its in line with the slot in the hold-down spring. Remove the hold-down spring and the pin. Pull out the brake shoe and unhook the anchor spring from the lower edge.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the return spring from the front brake shoe



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Fig. Fig. 4: Using a hold-down spring brake tool, remove the spring, cup and pin from the front shoe

  1. Remove the hold-down spring from the trailing (rear) shoe. Pull the shoe out with the adjuster strut, automatic adjuster assembly and springs attached and disconnect the parking brake cable. Unhook the return spring and then remove the adjusting strut. Remove the anchor spring.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the hold-down spring from the rear brake shoe, then disconnect the cable



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the adjusting lever spring, then extract the lever with the return spring

  1. Remove the adjusting strut. Unhook the adjusting lever spring from the rear shoe and then remove the automatic adjuster assembly by popping out the C-clip.
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To install:


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Fig. Fig. 7: Assemble the brake shoe components in the correct direction as shown

  1. Inspect the shoes for signs of unusual wear or scoring.
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  3. Check the wheel cylinder for any sign of fluid seepage or frozen pistons.
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  5. Clean and inspect the brake backing plate and all other components. Check that the brake drum inner diameter is within specified limits. Lubricate the backing plate bosses and the anchor plate.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Apply high temperature grease to the backing plate in these locations



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Fig. Fig. 9: The adjuster needs high temperature grease on the threads and ends

  1. Mount the automatic adjuster assembly onto a new rear brake shoe. Make sure the C-clip fits properly. Connect the adjusting strut/return spring and then install the adjusting spring.
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  3. 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. Rotate the pin so the crimped edge is held by the retainer.
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  5. 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 in Step 10. Install the hold-down spring and pin. Connect the return spring/adjusting strut between the 2 shoes and connect it so it rides freely.
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  7. Check that the automatic adjuster is operating properly; the adjusting bolt should turn when the parking brake lever (in the brake assembly, not in the vehicle!) is moved. Adjust the strut as short as possible and then install the brake drum. Set and release the parking brake several times.
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  9. Install the wheel and lower the vehicle. Check the level of brake fluid in the master cylinder.
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ADJUSTMENTS



All models are equipped with self-adjusting rear drum brakes. Under normal conditions, adjustment of the rear brake shoes should not be necessary. However, if an initial adjustment is required insert the blade of a brake adjuster tool or a screw driver into the hole in the brake drum and turn the adjuster slowly. The tension is set correctly if the tire and wheel assembly will rotate approximately 3 times when spun with moderate force. Do not over adjust the brake shoes. Before adjusting the rear drum brake shoes, make sure emergency brake is in the OFF position, and all cables are free.

 
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