Changing drum brakes steps

Some cars have rear brakes that use the drum brake system. This is consisted of the brake shoes and the drum. When you press the brake pedal the brake fluid makes the shoe to press against the inside of the drum, and the car slows down.

After a lot of use, they will wear out and will need replacement.

Follow these steps:

  1. You have to only loosen the lug nuts on the wheels, after you put the car on jack stands to make the job easier.
  2. Use the floor jack to raise the car off the ground. After that, put the jack stands underneath the vehicle. Push the vehicle easy to see if it’s stable on the stands.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts all the way, and remove the wheel.
  4. You have to remove the drum. In order to do this you first must remove the bolts that hold the spindle on, and after you may need to hit the drum with a hammer to remove it because it may be stuck.
  5. Remove the brake shoe retainer springs with a brake spring tool.
  6. Use the brake shoe removal tool to remove the spring and the retainer. You can remove the brake shoes after.
  7. Install the new brake shoes doing the opposite of the removal.
  8. Replace the bolts and spindle of the outer part of the drum.
  9. Put back the wheel and hand tighten the lug nuts as much as you can. Then lower the car to the ground and fix the wheels with a tire wrench.
  10. Test the braking system.
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