Originally Posted by x182dan
ok what about the parking brake shoes? I've never actually done rear brake shoes on a car before. You said the shoes are under the rotor "hat" what exactly does that mean and how hard is it to change the old shoes into the new rotor, or should I just replace the shoes while I'm there?
You can check the p-brake shoes but they rarely wear out unless the driver leaves the brake on while driving.
The rotor pulls straight off and the shoes are hidden behind it and expand in a "drum" that is machined inside the rotor. If there's nothing wrong with the shoes, you shouldn't need to deal with them. Changing them can be a PITA.
This is what the components look like: