How hard is it to replace the rear brakes on my 1995 hardbody? (it's lowered) is it basically just taking off the back tires and working on the brakes?
and another thing...i haven't gone down to auto zone yet to check prices on them, but how much would a set of back brakes cost me?
i need to change them bad because they are making horrible noises. and i know it's the back ones b/c i just changed the front ones.
anyways. thanks for whatever help i can get.
If it isn't a Nissan..you paid too much! :jump:
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is it basically just taking off the back tires and working on the brakes?
Uh...basically yes, but it's really more involved than that.
1) Purchase a new set of brake shoes and a new hardware kit, if available.
2) Jack axle and remove tires. Do NOT set the emergency brake.
3) Screw bolts into the two threaded holes in the drums, which are among the wheel studs. Screw the bolts in, further and further, until you can remove the drum. Remove both drums.
4) Hopefully, with the assistance of even a substandard manual like a Haynes or Chiltons, replace the shoes on one side of the truck at a time. Keep the other side assembled to use as a reference when you screw something up. (You will; even on the third set of shoes I replaced in my life, I got stuck and had to check the other side for a "hint".)
5) Repeat procedure on the other side of the truck.
6) Install drums and wheels and drive. I think these drums are "self-adjusting" and that usually means that you can "set" the adjustment by performing a series of hard stops in reverse....speed up in reverse and apply the brakes firmly. Do that a few times and the drums should now be "in adjustment". If you don't have to remove the parking brake cable, don't...you probably won't even have to re-adjust that, but it's possible that you might.
If the rears are making nasty noises, then be prepared to buy new drums AND pads. Not cheap...
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I had some funky noise also and this weekend I pulled them apart. They still had about as much pad as the replacement ones I bought, but where covered in tons of dust. Also it looks like nissan lubes the back of the shoes in some spots and most the lube was pushed away after 120,000 miles.
Besides not having much more pad then the old ones the new ones I did pick up didint have the right holes for the springs to hook up to. Everything else was EXACTLY the same just missing one stupid hole.
SO I cleaned them, one can of cleaner per side, and lubed the spots that looked like they had been lubed at one time. Put her back together and she seems to be ok.
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