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Old 12-14-2013, 06:45 PM
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Default How to completely renovate your Drum Brakes

Hey guys,

Here is my latest video on how to change drum brakes (90s Ford but will be similar for many other cars).
Mechanics can charge upwards of $175 to do this job that costs you only $50.

If the video was helpful, give it a thumbs up on YouTube (it helps me out), and comment if you have any questions or comments


Also, do the 90s Rangers brakes look like this?

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Old 12-14-2013, 07:43 PM
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Isn't this a sticky already??? I'm thinking it is for some reason...
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:59 AM
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If it isn't, it should be, very nicely done.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:13 PM
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will this help me on my 03 ranger?
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:40 AM
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will this help me on my 03 ranger?
Yes it will
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:37 PM
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Default Re: How to completely renovate your Drum Brakes

Nice video!
I do have some suggestions that would make it better.. (these are just my opinions)

It is not necessary to replace the adjuster wheel, and the springs can be re-used if you want. (it's a matter of opinion like greasing the shoes where they make contact. I always grease those spots..)

Getting the drum off can be difficult, but there are a couple tricks. The parking brake must be disengaged and sometimes you have to thread bolts into the drum to "push" it off. (you don't show this step)

As soon as the drum is off you should wash the dust off with brake cleaner or water (I use a garden hose and spray it off ) since the dust is very unhealthy.

You don't show taking the retainer clips off. Although it is just the reverse of putting them back on.

You should have shown how to move the adjuster wheel from the backside. This is an important step in a brake job and I have always had to adjust it to get the "drag" correct.

For me, the most difficult part of replacing brake shoes is getting that last spring on. Some vehicles are easier than others, but there are some tricks to make it easier.

I have learned many mechanical skills from online instructions like yours, so I really appreciate the effort you've put into this. I hope you'll consider making your videos as complete as possible so people watching get as much info as they can.

Also, for the DIYers I would suggest watching several videos before trying something like this. Sometimes one mechanics methods won't work for you but someone else has a trick that makes it easier. When I replaced the timing belt on my ranger I really struggled with getting the crankshaft pulley bolt off. After watching 5 or 6 videos I found a technique that worked great.

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Old 03-07-2014, 08:55 PM
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Nice video!
I do have some suggestions that would make it better.. (these are just my opinions)

It is not necessary to replace the adjuster wheel, and the springs can be re-used if you want. (it's a matter of opinion like greasing the shoes where they make contact. I always grease those spots..)

Getting the drum off can be difficult, but there are a couple tricks. The parking brake must be disengaged and sometimes you have to thread bolts into the drum to "push" it off. (you don't show this step)

As soon as the drum is off you should wash the dust off with brake cleaner or water (I use a garden hose and spray it off ) since the dust is very unhealthy.

You don't show taking the retainer clips off. Although it is just the reverse of putting them back on.

You should have shown how to move the adjuster wheel from the backside. This is an important step in a brake job and I have always had to adjust it to get the "drag" correct.

For me, the most difficult part of replacing brake shoes is getting that last spring on. Some vehicles are easier than others, but there are some tricks to make it easier.

I have learned many mechanical skills from online instructions like yours, so I really appreciate the effort you've put into this. I hope you'll consider making your videos as complete as possible so people watching get as much info as they can.

Also, for the DIYers I would suggest watching several videos before trying something like this. Sometimes one mechanics methods won't work for you but someone else has a trick that makes it easier. When I replaced the timing belt on my ranger I really struggled with getting the crankshaft pulley bolt off. After watching 5 or 6 videos I found a technique that worked great.
you don't have to replace the adjuster correct but you do have to clean it and lube it for it to operate correctly. Springs will wear and for the price of a kit its a piece of mind.

getting the drum to come off is not hard at all. Back the adjuster off till it comes off. Most often the drum developes a lip and with the shoes adjusted out doesn't let it come off. Rust on the ring of axle is easly overcome with a whack of a hammer. Not hard at all.

Putting the springs on and off is very easy with the proper tool. There is a tool to remove the springs retaining the shoes and one to remove and put on springs to the post. Both are cheap and if you used one this wouldn't be brought up in topic.

Best bet to not screw up pull both wheels and just do one side. If the other side was done correct then you have a reference to how it goes back together.

Good write up and very easy to follow.
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