Toyota RAV4 2000-05

Brake Shoes

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Adjustment



  1. Remove the brake drum.
  2.  
  3. Measure the brake drum inside diameter and diameter of the brake shoes. The difference is "Shoe-to-drum clearance" and should be approximately 0.024 inch (0.6mm).
  4.  
  5. Install the brake drum.
  6.  
  7. Adjust the brakes until a slight drag is felt when the drum is spun by hand.
  8.  
  9. Pull the parking lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard.
  10.  

Removal & Installation



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts slightly. Release the parking brake.
  4.  
  5. Block the front wheels, raise the rear of the vehicle, and safely support it with jackstands.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wheel lug nuts and the wheel.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake drum retaining screws, if equipped. Remove the brake drum.
  10.  
  11. If the drum is difficult to remove, perform the following:
    1. Insert the end of a bent wire (a coat hanger will do nicely) through the hole in the brake drum and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjuster.
    2.  
    3. Reduce the brake shoe adjustment by turning the adjuster bolt with a brake tool.
    4.  
    5. The drum should now be loose enough to remove without much effort.
    6.  

  12.  
  13. Carefully unhook the return spring from the leading (front) brake shoe.
  14.  
  15. Press the hold down spring retainer in and turn the pin on the front brake shoe.
  16.  
  17. Remove the hold down spring, retainers and the pin for the front brake shoe.
  18.  
  19. Pull out the brake shoe and unhook the anchor spring from the lower edge.
  20.  
  21. Remove the hold down spring from the trailing (rear) shoe. Pull the shoe out with the adjuster, automatic adjuster assembly and springs attached. Disconnect the parking brake cable. Remove the tension/return and anchor springs from the rear shoe.
  22.  
  23. Unhook the adjusting lever spring from the rear shoe and then remove the automatic adjuster assembly.
  24.  


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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear drum brake components-2001-03



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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear drum brake components-2004


To install:

  1. Inspect the shoes for signs of unusual wear or scoring.
  2.  
  3. Check the wheel cylinder for any sign of fluid seepage or frozen pistons.
  4.  
  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 at the positions the brakes come in contact with the backing plate. Also lubricate the anchor plate.
  6.  
  7. Mount the automatic adjuster assembly onto a new rear brake shoe.
  8.  
  9. Connect the parking brake cable to the rear shoe and then install the automatic adjusting lever, spring and E-ring. Position the rear shoe so the lower end rides in the anchor plate and the upper end is against the boot of the wheel cylinder.
  10.  
  11. 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.
  12.  
  13. Place the front brake into position and install the anchor spring between the front and rear shoes. Stretch the spring enough so the front shoe will fit as the rear did. Install the hold down spring, pin and retainer to the front brake shoe.
  14.  
  15. Connect the return spring to the front brake shoe.
  16.  
  17. Check the operation of the automatic adjuster mechanism:
    1. Apply the parking brake lever and verifying the adjusting bolt turns.
    2.  
    3. Adjust the strut to where it is the shortest possible length.
    4.  
    5. Install the brake drum.
    6.  
    7. Apply the parking brake lever until the clicking sound can no longer be heard.
    8.  

  18.  
  19. Check the clearance between the brake shoes and drum:
    1. Remove the brake drum.
    2.  
    3. Measure the brake drum inside diameter and diameter of the brake shoes. The difference is "Shoe-to-drum clearance" and should be approximately 0.024 inch (0.6mm). If incorrect, check the parking brake system.
    4.  

  20.  


NOTE
A special brake caliper tool is required to gauge the brake drum inside diameter and shoe-to-drum clearance. However it is not required to perform brake shoe adjustment.

  1. Install the brake drum.
  2.  
  3. Adjust the brake pedal until a slight drag is felt when the drum is spun by hand.
  4.  
  5. Pull the parking lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard. Check the clearance between brake shoes and brake drum.
  6.  
  7. Install the rear wheels, tighten the wheel lug nuts and lower the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Retighten the wheel lug nuts and pump the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle. Adjust the rear brakes again if necessary.
  10.  
  11. Check the level of brake fluid in the master cylinder, then, perform a test drive.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative battery cable to the battery.
  14.  



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Fig. Rear drum brake and related components-2000-2003



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Fig. Rear drum brake and related components-2004-2005

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the brake drum.
  4.  
  5. Carefully unhook the return spring from the leading (front) brake shoe.
  6.  
  7. Press the hold down spring retainer in and turn the pin on the front brake shoe.
  8.  
  9. Remove the hold down spring, retainers and the pin for the front brake shoe.
  10.  
  11. Pull out the brake shoe and unhook the anchor spring from the lower edge.
  12.  
  13. Remove the hold down spring from the trailing (rear) shoe. Pull the shoe out with the adjuster, automatic adjuster assembly and springs attached. Disconnect the parking brake cable. Remove the tension/return and anchor springs from the rear shoe.
  14.  
  15. Unhook the adjusting lever spring from the rear shoe and then remove the automatic adjuster assembly.
  16.  

To install:

  1. Inspect the shoes for signs of unusual wear or scoring.
  2.  
  3. Check the wheel cylinder for any sign of fluid seepage or frozen pistons.
  4.  
  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 at the positions the brakes come in contact with the backing plate. Also lubricate the anchor plate.
  6.  
  7. Mount the automatic adjuster assembly onto a new rear brake shoe.
  8.  
  9. Connect the parking brake cable to the rear shoe and then install the automatic adjusting lever, spring and E-ring. Position the rear shoe so the lower end rides in the anchor plate and the upper end is against the boot of the wheel cylinder.
  10.  
  11. 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.
  12.  
  13. Place the front brake into position and install the anchor spring between the front and rear shoes. Stretch the spring enough so the front shoe will fit as the rear did. Install the hold down spring, pin and retainer to the front brake shoe.
  14.  
  15. Connect the return spring to the front brake shoe.
  16.  
  17. Check the operation of the automatic adjuster mechanism:
    1. Apply the parking brake lever and verifying the adjusting bolt turns.
    2.  
    3. Adjust the strut to where it is the shortest possible length.
    4.  
    5. Install the brake drum.
    6.  
    7. Apply the parking brake lever until the clicking sound can no longer be heard.
    8.  

  18.  
  19. Check the clearance between the brake shoes and drum:
    1. Remove the brake drum.
    2.  
    3. Measure the brake drum inside diameter and diameter of the brake shoes. The difference is "Shoe-to-drum clearance" and should be approximately 0.024 inch (0.6mm).
      NOTE
      A special brake caliper tool is required to gauge the brake drum inside diameter and shoe-to-drum clearance. However it is not required to perform brake shoe adjustment.

    4.  

  20.  
  21. Install the brake drum.
  22.  
  23. Adjust the brakes until a slight drag is felt when the drum is spun by hand.
  24.  
  25. Pull the parking lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard.
  26.  
  27. Install the rear wheels, tighten the wheel lug nuts and lower the vehicle.
  28.  
  29. Retighten the wheel lug nuts and pump the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle. Adjust the rear brakes again if necessary.
  30.  
  31. Check the level of brake fluid in the master cylinder, then, perform a test drive.
  32.  
  33. Connect the negative battery cable to the battery.
  34.  

RAV4 And Sienna
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear drum brake components-Previa



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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear drum brake components-Sienna

  2.  
  3. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts slightly. Release the parking brake.
  4.  
  5. Block the front wheels, raise the rear of the vehicle, and safely support it with jackstands.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wheel lug nuts and the wheel.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake drum retaining screws, if equipped. Remove the brake drum.
  10.  
  11. If the drum is difficult to remove, perform the following:
    1. Insert the end of a bent wire (a coat hanger will do nicely) through the hole in the brake drum and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjuster.
    2.  
    3. Reduce the brake shoe adjustment by turning the adjuster bolt with a brake tool.
    4.  
    5. The drum should now be loose enough to remove without much effort.
    6.  

  12.  
  13. Carefully unhook the return spring from the leading (front) brake shoe.
  14.  
  15. Press the hold down spring retainer in and turn the pin on the front brake shoe.
  16.  
  17. Remove the hold down spring, retainers and the pin for the front brake shoe.
  18.  
  19. Pull out the brake shoe and unhook the anchor spring from the lower edge.
  20.  
  21. Remove the hold down spring from the trailing (rear) shoe. Pull the shoe out with the adjuster, automatic adjuster assembly and springs attached. Disconnect the parking brake cable. Remove the tension/return and anchor springs from the rear shoe.
  22.  
  23. Unhook the adjusting lever spring from the rear shoe and then remove the automatic adjuster assembly.
  24.  

To install:

  1. Inspect the shoes for signs of unusual wear or scoring.
  2.  
  3. Check the wheel cylinder for any sign of fluid seepage or frozen pistons.
  4.  
  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 at the positions the brakes come in contact with the backing plate. Also lubricate the anchor plate.
  6.  
  7. Mount the automatic adjuster assembly onto a new rear brake shoe.
  8.  
  9. Connect the parking brake cable to the rear shoe and then install the automatic adjusting lever, spring and E-ring. Position the rear shoe so the lower end rides in the anchor plate and the upper end is against the boot of the wheel cylinder.
  10.  
  11. 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.
  12.  
  13. Place the front brake into position and install the anchor spring between the front and rear shoes. Stretch the spring enough so the front shoe will fit as the rear did. Install the hold down spring, pin and retainer to the front brake shoe.
  14.  
  15. Connect the return spring to the front brake shoe.
  16.  
  17. Check the operation of the automatic adjuster mechanism:
    1. Apply the parking brake lever and verifying the adjusting bolt turns.
    2.  
    3. Adjust the strut to where it is the shortest possible length.
    4.  
    5. Install the brake drum.
    6.  
    7. Apply the parking brake lever until the clicking sound can no longer be heard.
    8.  

  18.  
  19. Check the clearance between the brake shoes and drum:
    1. Remove the brake drum.
    2.  
    3. Measure the brake drum inside diameter and diameter of the brake shoes. The difference is "Shoe-to-drum clearance" and should be approximately 0.024 inch (0.6mm). If incorrect, check the parking brake system.
      NOTE
      A special brake caliper tool is required to gauge the brake drum inside diameter and shoe-to-drum clearance. However it is not required to perform brake shoe adjustment.

    4.  

  20.  
  21. Install the brake drum.
  22.  
  23. Adjust the brake pedal until a slight drag is felt when the drum is spun by hand.
  24.  
  25. Pull the parking lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard. Check the clearance between brake shoes and brake drum.
  26.  
  27. Install the rear wheels, tighten the wheel lug nuts and lower the vehicle.
  28.  
  29. Retighten the wheel lug nuts and pump the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle. Adjust the rear brakes again if necessary.
  30.  
  31. Check the level of brake fluid in the master cylinder, then perform a test drive.
  32.  
  33. Connect the negative battery cable to the battery.
  34.  

T-100, Tacoma And 4Runner
  1. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts slightly.
  2.  
  3. Block the front wheels, raise the rear of the vehicle, and safely support it with jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheel lug nuts and the wheel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the brake drum.
  8.  
  9. If the drum is difficult to remove, perform the following:
    1. Insert a flat prying tool through the hole in the brake drum and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjuster.
    2.  
    3. Reduce the brake shoe adjustment by turning the adjuster bolt with a brake tool.
    4.  
    5. The drum should now be loose enough to remove without much effort.
    6.  

  10.  
  11. Remove the rear shoe.
    1. Carefully unhook the return spring from the brake shoe.
    2.  
    3. Remove the shoe hold-down spring, cups and the pin.
    4.  
    5. Disconnect the anchor spring from the rear shoe and remove the rear shoe.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect the anchor spring from the front shoe.
    8.  

  12.  
  13. Remove the front shoe.
    1. Remove the shoe hold-down spring, cups and pin.
    2.  
    3. Remove the return spring from the front shoe.
    4.  
    5. Remove the front shoe with the adjuster.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the front shoe.
    8.  

  14.  

To install:

  1. Inspect the shoes for signs of unusual wear or scoring.
  2.  
  3. Check the wheel cylinder for any sign of fluid seepage or frozen pistons.
  4.  
  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 at the positions the brakes come in contact with the backing plate. Also lubricate the anchor plate.
  6.  
  7. Mount the automatic adjuster assembly onto a new rear brake shoe.
  8.  
  9. Install the front shoe.
    1. Install the parking brake cable to the front shoe.
    2.  
    3. Install the front shoe with the adjuster.
    4.  
    5. Install the return spring to the front shoe.
    6.  
    7. Install the shoe hold-down spring, cups and pin.
    8.  

  10.  
  11. Install the rear shoe.
    1. Install the anchor spring to the front shoe.
    2.  
    3. Install the anchor spring to the rear shoe and install the rear shoe.
    4.  
    5. Install the shoe hold-down spring, cups and the pin.
    6.  
    7. Hook the return spring to the brake shoe.
    8.  

  12.  
  13. Install the brake drum.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the brake shoes until a slight drag is felt when the drum is spun by hand.
  16.  
  17. Remove the brake drum and check the clearance between brake shoes and brake drum. Adjust the clearance to specification.
  18.  
  19. Pull the parking lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard. Verify that the drum doesn't turn. If the drum turns, adjust the parking brake cable.
  20.  
  21. Install the rear wheels, tighten the wheel lug nuts and lower the vehicle.
  22.  
  23. Retighten the wheel lug nuts and pump the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle. Adjust the rear brakes again if necessary.
  24.  
  25. Check the level of brake fluid in the master cylinder, then perform a test drive.
  26.  
  27. Connect the negative battery cable to the battery.
  28.  

 
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