Replacing Rear Drum Brakes

In this section you will find complete step by step instructions for properly replacing the rear drum brakes. If you follow these steps you are assured that your brakes will NOT squeal. If you just do a "pad slap" you can count on brake noise.The photographical examples are actual photos taken during a rear drum brake job performed on a 1999 Ford E-150.

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Step 1. You will need to jack up the car and remove the front wheels to gain access to the front brake components.

Remove Rear Drum
Step 2. Remove the the brake drum from the vehicle.
Drum Removed
Step 3. Once you have the drum removed, it is a good idea to clean the area of dust with compressed air or brake wash spray.
Disconnect Brake Shoe Spring
Step 4. Disconnect the Springs, removing the outer one first using the brake spring removal tool.
Remove Springs
Step 5. Remove the two springs from the brake shoes.
Adjuster Cable
Step 6. Lift up on the Auto-adjuster and disconnect the adjuster cable.
Remove Adjuster Cable
Step 7. Remove the Auto Adjuster Cable From the upper retainer and remove.
Remove Spring Retainers
Step 8. Remove the two Spring Loaded Brake Shoe Retainers.
Adjuster Arm
Step 9. Remove the Auto Adjuster Arm by sliding it forward and pulling outward. Remove the Spring and arm as one piece.
Remove Shoes

Step 10. Pull the shoes outward and forward from around the drive axle assembly.

Colapse Shoes
Step 11. Allow the shoes to collapse together so you can now remove the lower spring and adjuster with ease.
Park Brake Lock Ring
Step 12. You are now left with one shoe still attached to the Park Brake arm assembly by one lock ring..
Remove Ring
Step 13. Use a flat screwdriver and twist to open the ring. Then pry up on one end and this will allow it to release and be removed.
Clean Area
Step 14. Use brake wash and clean the all surfaces.
Step 15. It is important to lubricate the 6 points that the shoes slide on to prevent any noise. Non-drying silicon brake lubricant works well for this.
Install Lock Ring
Step 16. Insert park brake arm pin in New brake shoe and install lock ring.
Assemble Shoes
Step 17. Install the brake adjuster and lower spring. Pull apart and slide the assembly over the drive axle. *NOTE* Make certain the adjuster is adjusted all the way down before installing.
Install Retainers
Step 18. Install Spring Loaded Retainers to hold shoes in place so you can install the adjuster arm/spring and adjuster cable.
Install Springs

Step 19. Install the Brake Shoe Springs.

Install Adjuster Arm



Step 20. Install the the adjuster arm and spring and attach cable.

Install Drum



Step 21. Install brake Drum.

Step 22. Test Drive Vehicle and adjust as needed. With new Shoes, you should not have to adjust much if at all.

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