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CHEVY DIAGRAM FOR REPLACING BRAKE SHOES

2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Brakes problem
2005 Chevy Silverado V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 100000 miles

I'm replacing rear brakes 2005 Silverado 1500 4WD 1/2 ton. Having a problem with the retaining spring. It won't stay on. I can't get the drum on because the retaining spring won't hold.
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Achampion
June 19, 2010.




By retaining spring, are you talking about the holddown spring for the shoes, the one with the pin and washer? Or are we talking about a return spring?
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Factoryjack
Jun 19, 2010.
It's the retractor spring (shaped like a " W" ) that hooks from one shoe to the other, holding them down. As soon as I release the shoes, they pull away from the backing plate and and turn inward, which makes me unable to put the drum on.

I tried to upload a picture, but was unsuccessful for some reason.

Tiny
Achampion
Jun 19, 2010.
I took a look at the service procedure for rear brake shoe replacement, and it does'nt look too complicated. Are you sure first of all, that the replacement parts are correct, and not possibly mis-manufactured, and that it is being assembled correctly. Were both sides disassembled at the same time, or is one still assembled that you could compare it to, for assembly reference? The only important note I see in the service procedure is, Ensure that the retractor spring is properly seated in the retaining bracket at the bottom of the backing plate. It does not say what the result will be if it is not.

Factoryjack
Jun 20, 2010.
My problem was the retractor spring was properly seated in the holder. When I pushed it down hard, it stayed in perfect position. Thanks for your assistance!

Tiny
Achampion
Jun 20, 2010.
Thank you for your participation.

Factoryjack
Jun 21, 2010.

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