Wheel cylinders

Tiny
JCASE
  • 1983 BUICK REGAL
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 70,000 MILES

If a wheel cylinder has no bolts what holds it in place, lock ring does not bite. Do I need to also replace dust shield because hole is rotted or do shoes themselves hold it.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 10:30 PM

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Tiny
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There is an updated backing plate to replace that trouble-prone design that you still have. It requires the use of a normal bolt-on wheel cylinder. Be sure to check the diameter printed on the lip seals so you get the correct size.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 10:41 PM
Tiny
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If the lock ring is not biting, you likely don't have it fully installed. That clip can be very difficult to lock in. I usually wedge something steel between the wheel cylinder and the wheel hub to hold it tight against the backing plate while using a punch and hammer in the rear to get it locked in.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 10:54 PM

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