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Old 09-03-2004, 12:54 AM   #1
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It'* my first time replacing the brake pad for rear drum brakes.

Is it difficult?. I looked in the manual, but it seems too complicated...
Any suggestion or advice?..
about tools.....something?.
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I found my 93 SSEi rear brakes to be much less complicated than most, it is basiclly just a few clips and a big spring... Take some pictures and only do 1 wheel at a timet so you have a reference to fall back on if you get screwed up. Good luck

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Its not that hard once you get the hang of it if your mechanically inclined.
It helps to have a brake tool for re-installing the spring.
Follow the illustration in the book and if it looks too complicated for you
have a qualified mechanic do it.
The last thing you want to do is compromise the integrity of your brake system.
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i'm 19 and the only trouble i had was forcing the spring back in place, but i got it

when you put them back togher, lubricate the adjuster, and adjust them so that the shoe just barely rubs the drum. after that, back up and stop several times to allow them to automatically adjust.
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What you do for spring installation is hookthe spring through the round shaft of a screwdriver. Now place the tip of the screwdriver on the hook where the spring
is to go on. Then pull the handle of the screwdriver towards you until the spring
slides on. Its that easy.
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Yeah its just springs that are obtrusive but hey that'* why we're men! (or women who equally qualified for such operations!!!) muscle it in! If it wont go, try again, if it breaks buy another spring, parts stores usually sell kits with all those springs.

Yeah go ahead and buy the spring tool (also at most parts stores) cuz the screwdriver method was a BIZNAZ for me! But i did it.

Oh and DEFINITELY buy some brake parts cleaner to spray it all down when you open it....

i hope there wasn't too much asbestos in my old shoes... cuz i kinda hung around the brake dust for too long WHICH WAS INCREDIBLY STUPID! (cancer here i come) I'm relly not kidding on the stupid part, but i doubt there was too much if any in those shoes but do be careful!

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I don't think brake shoes or pads have had asbestos in them for quite some time.
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yes i agree about the no asbestos but i notice that on all brake pads the box says asbestos free but none of the brake shoes i've bought say that. i'm guessing it'* because since most companies rebuild brake shoes from old ones (thus why they usually carry core charges while pads dont) there is always the chance that some asbestos is present from the old rebuild.. but yes i doubt there was much if any but always smart to play it safe with them carcinogens!

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