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DIY Replace Rear Shoes, Hardware & Drums

Here is a pdf I put together for those interested in replacing their rear shoes, drums, and hardware. In the process of doing this, I also needed to replace a wheel cylinder, so I'll post a DIY for that a little later when I have time.

I put this in a pdf because there are TONS of pictures to make it easier for people. Also, it might be easier to print this way, as its nice to have a paper reference for doing jobs like these. I hope this is helpful for people, and saves the expense of having someone else do it: its really not that bad of a job at all, and I think anyone can do it!

This DIY should also be useful for Corollas & Matrix, and probably some other Toyotas.

Here's the file: I had to reduce the resolution on the pictures to meet the 1.95 MB limit, but I think the pictures still should print well. PM me if not and I'll email you a full-res file. Have fun!

DIY Rear Brakes Rav4.1 Low Res.pdf
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That is an excellent and very detailed diy tutorial demoder, far better than any manual and I like how you detail the re-build too rather than say 'the brake shoe refit is the reverse of the dismantling process'.

Five stars, you should write a book.
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Nice write up.Hate working with drums and did a lot in the old days. Last pulled drums about 15 years ago and I used a puller like in this vid. Got it at a flea market for $6.00. NOTE: not me in vid.

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Hey, thanks guys! This forum has been very helpful for me, so I'm glad to give back a little as well
Ronbo, thanks for linking that, in case people have drums which don't have the threaded holes. I'm so spoiled now with the threaded holes that I think I'll only buy drums that have them for now on!

(By the way to everyone, Toyota rotors have these same threaded M8 holes on them, too, and they are just as great for removing stuck-on rotors as they are for removing stuck-on drums; those bolts are the best $0.80 you'll spend when it comes to Toyota brake jobs! I keep them in my glove box)
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If that guy in the video took his drum off more often and cleaned them yearly he wouldn't have to use that device to remove it. The drum should not be stuck unless it hasn't been removed every few years.
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Any chance on fixing the link. I'd be keen to see the pdf?
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Fantastic DIY for the rear brakes.

Thank you.

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What a great, wonderfully specific DIY guide once again by demoder. I have a query about greases. Two greases are currently among my supplies as follows:

-- Mobil 1 synthetic grease, see https://www.amazon.com/Mobil-Synthet.../dp/B00U1TLXC4 . It's red in color, if this jogs anyone's memory

-- CRC Brake & Caliper Grease 05359, see https://www.amazon.com/CRC-05359-Cal...gateway&sr=8-1 . Label says it is for drum brake hardware and drum brake shoe landings, among other things. I have used this on my old Civic's rear brake hardware and had no problems.

I have had an intermittent wooka-wooka noise coming from I think the rear brakes, when I press the brake pedal at speeds below about 30 mph. About five months ago, and to try to cure the noise, I replaced the front brake shoes and front brake pads (toyota oem parts for both). The new linings seemed to help for awhile, then the noise came back. Possibly rust? Per advice on the net, while driving 40 mph or so I have applied the emergency hand brake for a few seconds repeatedly several times. This seemed to cure the problem for awhile. Then the noise comes back. I am suspicious that the drums are out-of-round. I am about to install some salvage yard brake drums from a 2002 Rav4 that look great. They are supposedly compatible with the Rav4.1 drums. If this does not help, then I may start replacing the brake hardware. The old hardware is way rusted in appearance.

Meanwhile, can anyone comment on which grease is best for my rear brake drum hardware? Or is the Syl-Glide that demoder listed in her DIY guide the grease people like the best?

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I did a total brake system rebuild in 2015 and all is still working great (no exorbitant priced OEM parts used), see, Brake system rebuild.

I didn't list it but I used the CRC Brake & Caliper Grease 05359 and it seems to be working well.

It may be that my sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

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