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Old 03-17-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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Default I think I have a braking problem....!!!

My wife 'limped' home w/a soft brake peddle.... Really, just on 'manual' brakes.... WoW.....


So I was able to check the under-side & traced the volumes of brake fluid to the driver side rear brake



...pull the wheel & then the drum cover....WoW...again....


I did find a broken lower spring, the mid-line spring holder/fastener that supports the brake shoes & the parts to the wheel cylinder....



Well the inspection & repair included a new wheel cylinder, new lower spring, other springs & clips, new brake shoes & a good cleaning. I also checked & replace some of the same parts on the passenger rear side...

The total job wasn't to difficult...I've done quite a bit of brake line & pads/shoes in the past so I had to just recall from the ole memory bank...

Hope this is helpful to all....
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Wow, that could have been bad. Good thing she made it home safe.
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Might as well go and replace both drums and get all new brakes and hardware for the rear. If one side broke, then it'* almost time for the other side to break.

Though the pads do look good and thick, now that they are soaked with brake fluid, they won't work well.
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Might as well go and replace both drums and get all new brakes and hardware for the rear. If one side broke, then it'* almost time for the other side to break.

Though the pads do look good and thick, now that they are soaked with brake fluid, they won't work well.
I did the shoes last fall....Your right on track....I did both side w/this repair w/new springs & hardware fasteners....the hardware & springs were not in stock @the time I needed to complete the job last fall.

I got the limited lifetime warranty on the shoes so as you mentioned Mike, these shoes had brake fluid all over the place....

I figured that the shoes wouldn't have the same friction 'grip' as new shoes........besides, I could get these replace for free....much safer approach...

Thanks for your thoughts & suggestions...greatly appreciated...
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Wizzard,

Did you have to bleed the brakes at all wheels or just the drivers side? My passenger rear wheel cylinder on my 91 lasabre just blew, so i need to do it this weekend. I love to work on disc/ but hate the springs/cables of drum brakes.
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Did you have to bleed the brakes at all wheels or just the drivers side? My passenger rear wheel cylinder on my 91 lasabre just blew, so i need to do it this weekend. I love to work on disc/ but hate the springs/cables of drum brakes.
If you have a digital camera take photos of the assembly before you take anything apart. I have done rear shoe brakes before but I find it is still a pain to remember how the things; springs and what not, go back. A photo really helps and you can bring it up on the computer and zoom in for close up details. It has save me some headaches in doing shoe brakes.
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yes you will have to bleed them but there may not be much air as long as your not driving with a leaky cylinder but yes you're gonna have to bleed em and im going to go ahead and close this thread its about a year old now
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