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Old 05-07-2012, 06:26 AM
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Default Rear drum brake pads.

I really need to swap in the new rear brake pads, as the old ones are worn all the way down to the rivets. Who know how to do this? And also I want to adjust the E brake well I'm at it, who knows how to do that? It's all the springs and crap that get me.

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It's not very difficult, although can be frustrating. They make a few special tools for the springs and what not, but it is possible to do it with "regular" tools like pliers and screwdrivers and a few cuss words. It is fairly self explanatory once you look at it. Take the wheel off, take the drum off(parking brake not engaged), then when you look at it you should see how the clips and springs are all assembled. I think I used a couple needle nose pliers and flat head screwdrivers the first time I did a drum brake job. Also just FYI they are called brake shoes, not pads, on drums. I'd go on youtube and find a video, that'd be the best way to see how it's done.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:38 AM
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It's not very difficult, although can be frustrating. They make a few special tools for the springs and what not, but it is possible to do it with "regular" tools like pliers and screwdrivers and a few cuss words. It is fairly self explanatory once you look at it. Take the wheel off, take the drum off(parking brake not engaged), then when you look at it you should see how the clips and springs are all assembled. I think I used a couple needle nose pliers and flat head screwdrivers the first time I did a drum brake job. Also just FYI they are called brake shoes, not pads, on drums. I'd go on youtube and find a video, that'd be the best way to see how it's done.
Yeah, I that was a typo. It doesn't look to difficult, i think if I do both at the same time and the same thing back and forth, should not be to bad.
And what about the parking brake? I know there is a star screw or something you turn to adjust them, how does that go?
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The best way to adjust the parking brake is to lay the shoes in the drum (on the ground, off the vehicle), and lay the adjuster in between the shoes and adjust it(unscrew it) until the shoes are almost snug with the drum. That'll get you pretty close to the correct adjustment. Then once it's all together you adjust the brakes by driving in reverse and hitting the brakes. When you do this the adjuster unscrews and the shoes adjust closer to the drum to make flatter contact.

Once you look at it it'll all make sense.
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It's easiest for a newbie to doo ne side at a time, this way they have the other side for reference (except backwards). When you pull the self adjuster off unscrew it clean it and apply a film of white lube or grease to the threads.

If you assemble them and put the drum on, you'll notice a small rubber plug on the inside of the backing plate. Pop the plug out and use a flat screwdriver from inside (between the tires) to adjust it by turning it until the shoes come into contact with the drum (spin it and listen ideally you'll hear it clicking and should only turn one way) causing a small amount of resistance. If the shoes are adjusted correctly (Meaning with proper resistance Sean lol not manner) then the parking brake should work correctly. If you adjust them through the backing plate plug it'll familiarize you with the concept and permit you to readjust them in the future if necessary by just crawling under there and popping the plug back out.

When you put the shoes on there SHOULD be two different type of shoes. Two of the shoes should have a shorter pad on them. (Noticeable at the top) The shorter padded shoe goes to the front of the vehicle on the leading shoe position.

NOTE: You mention that the rivets have come in contact with the drums.

If there are any grooves I'd suggest replacing them as they aren't very expensive and the grooves can compromise the integrity of the drums and you'll have to get it towed home/shop replace everything you're replacing now with the additional cost of probably a spring kit, etc...

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And pay attention to the shoes when you get them. There will be four in the box, side-to-side doesn't matter but front shoe vs rear shoe are different. Only mention this because when I took mine apart, the PO didn't know this...
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Cool, thanks guys, i bought the shoes and will start to install tomorrow when it's light again. I'll let ya know what happens. I also bought a repair manual for my year of Dodge, so that should help a little bit.
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Have to wait until tomorrow, I had to order new drums. turns out one of my drums had a big fricken groove around the whole thing, along with rust. I only need one new one, but I figure why not buy both new.
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Ok, it's all said and done, put alot of things on backwards and only noticed when the entire assembly was back together hahaha, But now everything's grand.
I've never done this before, so the first side was the hardest, the second I got done in about an hour.
But now I have great brakes, and the parking brake even works great again.

It actually wasn't anywhere near as bad as I though it would be.
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