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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-23-2006, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I'm doing rear brakes today!

My rear brake shoes need replacing asap,I've got a set of shoes from napa and took the wheels and drums off,dam! this looks different from what i'm used to, any tips??before i proceed,I tried doing a search but its a bit disorganized
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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i cant beleive nobody knows anything(no wonder the assend of my truck has been sitting up in the air for the last 6days)
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The only tip I can think of is to take a picture of it all togather. So you a reference to look at. Its fairly simple job. If you didn't know what you were doing then why didn't you ask or do some research before you put or truck up 6 days ago.

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I'S NOT A SIMPLE JOB!!(looks simple?but)dealing with parking brake return spring was a PITA,now that i managed to get 1 shoe on,it pushed the other wheel cylinder out, now i have to bleed the system as well..but i still have to get the other shoe on and am still fighting with the shoe retaing spring...looks like a long day-night for me..honda or toyota for me as a next vehical,seriously
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honda or toyota for me as a next vehical,seriously
Just cuz you don't know how to change the rear shoes. It's not chevys fault your not mechanically inclined.

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ohhhhhhh! that hurt! and if you only knew!
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whyme...... Rear Drums are all the same. The same as 25 years ago. And dont get mad at us. I hope that you get a Honda or a Toyota. The sooner you do, the sooner you'll be off this board.

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ohhhhhhh! that hurt! and if you only knew!
If we only knew what???? Don't hold back.

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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-27-2006, 12:58 PM
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lol good thread...

If I were you I woulda gone to the dealership and got it done for $130
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I wonder how he is doing?

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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-28-2006, 12:22 PM
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I wonder how he is doing?
I dunno but i'd figure after day 1 or 2 he would just call a tow truck (chevy provides them free with 1800chevusa) and bring it to the dealership and tell them you botched the rear brake job and need them to fix it and insall your new shoes.
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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-25-2008, 09:20 PM
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Re: I'm doing rear brakes today!

Oh boyyy. Rear brakes on this thing are NOT any fun.....and to those who recommend the chevy dealer for $130.00 ????? WHAT? Have you even been to a chevy dealer service center in the last decade? You'd be lucky to get the parts alone for that price. But....good luck even getting them because the local chevy dealer around here couldn't even find them in his system and argued with me that my 2005 Colorado had disc brakes in the rear. It doesn't. So, I sympathize with you and hope you got it done.....its a real pain at first but not so bad once you get the hang of it. Be determined. Mine was up on jack stands for about 7 days waiting for parts....Then it took about 4 hours to do the job.
I did brakes, cylinders, calipers, and pads on my dodge van....bled the system and on the road in about two hours.....yeah, these colorado brakes are tough.
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post #12 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-25-2008, 09:49 PM
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yeah it isn't that easy it took me three hours wish they would have used a different drum brake setup.

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Re: I'm doing rear brakes today!

How the hell do you get that big retaining spring back on with two hands? Been fight it for 2 hours now and cannot get it back on. Someone please help!!

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post #16 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-12-2009, 05:40 PM
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Re: I'm doing rear brakes today!

got to do mine today.
little safety note to all that are new to brakes.
the little rattle clip(lack of proper name)
make sure it's fold faces the backing plate if its reversed your adjuster will not work.


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post #17 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-07-2010, 06:38 PM
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Re: I'm doing rear brakes today!

I'm doing rear brakes too soon and thought I should check the forum first. I really don't want to pay $200 when i could do this myself. Any ideas on what brand shoes to use? Thanks.

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post #18 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 04:30 PM
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Re: I'm doing rear brakes today!

130$ seriously,is that just too put them on,cause the dealership wants 150$ just for the shoes??
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post #19 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 04:22 PM
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Re: I'm doing rear brakes today!

Thanks for all the help! I did it myself and it took all day, but i'll take that for my first time. No worries. And the dealer wanted $190, screw them (for brakes anyway!).

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Re: I'm doing rear brakes today!

Good morning folks. I forgot to mention that I used the NAPA remanned premium shoes (@$59 w/ $7 core) versus Wagner new. The only difficult piece was the compression of the new spring on the secondary shoe parking brake lever. I needed a third hand with string to keep the cable taut while I worked the bead of the cable into place and locked in the lever mechanism On the first side I knocked one of the plungers out of the cylinder and had to flush / drain / fill the system. Don't forget to do the final shoe and parking brake adjustment. Good running and stopping.

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