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Old 08-04-2006
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rear brake's need changing

hey my rear brakes are squeeling when i am coming to a stop whne i engage the brake. i think it time for some new pads. how hard is it to do a break job on the rear drums? and should i get the drums turned? and what toold will i need to buy for it and i know i need that special greese.

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I didnt get any grease for mine, i just bought new drums and brake pads....wasnt too hard.....



Thats what my back brakes did when i took my drum off....the pads just fell right out...


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If it needs shoes, the drums will probably need to be turned or replaced. At 7 years, there is also the possibility that the wheel cylinders will need to be rebuilt or replaced.

Check for seized self adjuster starwheels, especially if your brakes have seen salt/snow/mud. The self adjusters have different threads for right and left sides.

It is difficult to do the job without a specialty tool called a brake spring plier.

Only take one side apart at a time - that gives you a model to work from to get all of the various springs and the self adjuster mechanism installed correctly.
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Only take one side apart at a time - that gives you a model to work from to get all of the various springs and the self adjuster mechanism installed correctly.
Best advise ever on doing drums! I learned the hard way when I was 16 =[. I've done drums a handful of times since then and haven't had a problem using this method.
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whats the damage on the parts for the drums good pads and that spring plier. and should i buy anything else while i there the first time. my truck did have a break job about 2years ago about 700$ at ford before i owned it i got the recept.

i just wana get everything the first time if i can.

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buy new shoes, and buy a drum hardware kit (all the springs that are in there) and get the drums turned, that should be all you need unless a wheel cylinder is bad. It's pretty easy to do, and ive found that you dont need any special pliers as a pair of vice grips or some regular pliers work just as well. and yes, definitly only do one side at a time.
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Heck, yesterday my left rear brake shoe was SMOKING! I stopped for gas and noticed considerable smoke rising from the drum. I tossed some water on it and it sizzled like no tomorrow. Needless to say, I'm going to the dealer on Monday to get my brakes worked on. I don't know how to do the work myself, and with a big trip coming up, I'm up for just having all the pads replaced and everything lubed up prior to my Western adventure.
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I changed my drum shoes yesterday. It went smooth. I put on some Raybestos Beststop pads. The drums were still smooth and nothing wrong with them, so I just put them back on after cleaning them up a little first.
I took one brake apart at a time and just had to remember how the springs and mechanisms went together. I got a new spring set, which I definately recommend, and it's cheap! My dad helped me and he had a tool for the pads, which helps with putting the springs back on.
My stock pads were worn up to the rivets, i'm lucky I changed them when I did or I would have destroyed the drums pretty soon.
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ya i got to do mine thats where the point mine is at lol
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