Drum Brakes - 2001 Ranger SCab XLT 4x4
Ok, had a heck of a noise coming from the driver's side rear drum so I jacked it up, pulled the drum, and found a broken spring. Got new shoes & spring kit and got to it.
However.. it's been 30 years at least since I did rear brakes. Front disc no problem, and really not much of a problem with the drum brakes, except:
The hold-down spring and hold-down cup (holds the shoe to the backing plate). I bought a tool (cup shaped) to remove the cup and it worked fine. But, I couldn't get the new spring on with the new cup. The tool I bought was worthless. (Autozone) Is there a special tool to help? I recall way back doing that and I could push it in with my fingers or needle-nose pliers, but these "foreign made" springs are pretty heavy. After over an hour I gave up and used the old rusty spring, which compressed easily. So, I'm wondering; What is the best way to get those suckers on without going crazy? Brakes now work fine BTW.