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how to change rear drum brake shoes on 2006 silverado 4x4

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They do make a special tool for that big spring that makes it a lot easier to install and remove. Don't know if a parts store in your area may have one they rent?

Brake Shoe Replacement

Tools Required

J 38400 Brake Shoe Spanner and Spring Remover

Removal Procedure

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  1. Remove the rear brake drum. .
  2. Using denatured alcohol, clean the rear brake shoes.
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  3. Remove the adjuster spring.
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  4. Remove the brake adjuster lever.
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  5. Remove the adjuster assembly.
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  6. Using a pair of channel locks, remove the retractor spring from the secondary brake shoe.
  7. Remove the secondary brake shoe from the backing plate.
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  8. Using a pair of channel locks, remove the retractor spring from the primary brake shoe.
  9. Remove the primary brake shoe from the backing plate.
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  10. Remove the return spring.
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  11. Using a small flat-blade screwdriver, press the lock tab for the park brake cable.
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  12. Hold the lock tab in place.

    Important: Pushing forward on the park brake cable will unlock the cable from the retainer allowing the cable to be removed from the park brake lever.

  13. Push the park brake cable forward.
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    Important: When removing the park brake cable from the lever, the park brake return spring will remain attached to the lever. DO NOT remove the return spring from the lever. If the return spring becomes separated from the lever, replace the rear brake shoes. The lever is part of the brake shoe assembly.

  14. Remove the park brake cable from the lever.

Installation Procedure


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  1. Apply a small amount of high temperature silicone grease or equivalent to the contact areas between the rear brake shoes and the backing plate.
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    Important: When installing the park brake cable into the lever, a snap or clip should be felt or heard. This will indicate that the park brake cable is properly in seated in the lever.

  2. Install the park brake cable in the lever.
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    Important: Ensure that the retractor spring is properly seated in the retaining bracket at the bottom of the backing plate.

  3. Install the retractor spring on the backing plate.
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  4. Using a pair of channel locks, install the retractor spring in the primary brake shoe.
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  5. Install the secondary brake shoe on the backing plate.

    Important: In the following service procedure, the retractor spring can be installed by the use of either the special tool called out or by the use or a pair of channel locks.

  6. Using theJ 38400 or equivalent, install the retractor spring in the secondary brake shoe.
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  7. Install the adjuster assembly.
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  8. Install the brake adjuster lever.
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  9. Install the adjuster spring.
  10. Adjust the rear brake shoe clearance.
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  11. Install the rear brake drum. .
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