How can I replace my rear brake pads and rotors (shoes and drums)?

Tiny
HAITHAMJUHANI
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  • 2010 FORD TAURUS
Is it possible to change the rear pads can I do it myself? What is your opinion?
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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 AT 9:37 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Replacing the rear brake pads and rotors really isn't too hard to do. If you do it yourself, make sure to purchase lifetime parts. That way, you won't have to pay for them again.

To get you started, here is a link that shows in general how to replace rear brakes and rotors. You can use this as a guide.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-rear-brake-pads-and-rotors

If you look at the pics below, they include step by step directions and pics to help identify parts.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe

PS: See pics below.
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Sunday, March 21st, 2021 AT 6:59 PM
Tiny
TROYFORD
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
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Trying to get the drivers side rear brake drum off. How do I'm having difficulty trying to adjust the star wheel on the brake adjuster to compress the brake shoes. How do I push the ratchet that keeps the brake adjustment in place out of the way? Do I need to release some brake fluid where the metal brake line feeds into the brake assy? When I get the new shoes on, how do dI make sure they are adjusted properly to avoid having mushy brake action?
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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You need brake adjustment tool (D81L-1103-C).

Once the access adjuster hole plug is removed then just use a screwdriver to move the brake shoe adjusting lever off the brake adjuster screw. Move teh adjustment tool handel downward to loosen the brake shoe adjusting screw nut. To adjust after installation, rotate the brake shoe adjusting screw nut. Use brake adjustment tool to move the brake shoe adjusting lever off the brake sho adjusting screw nut. Move adjustment tool handle upward to tighten brake adjuster screw. Turn shoe adjusting screw nut until brake drum begins to drag. Then loosen the adjuster screw until the brake drum rotates freely.
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
Tiny
TROYFORD
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Since I cant see the adjusting lever, a diagram would help me "feel" for the lever and push it away from the adjustment gear. Any diagrams or drawings you could post?
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Sorry thought i posted that


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Graphic_434.jpg

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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:26 AM (Merged)
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PLYMOUTHIAN12
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What would cause the brake cylinder to push the piston out so far, that all the fluid drains out and that you can see the piston pushed all the way out, could it be I dont have the star wheel for the emergency brake adjusted right? Thank you
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
WRENCHER1
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About the only way this can happen is if the brakes are not assembled correctly or someone steps on the brake pedal with the drum removed. Here are videos and a guide to help you see how to do the job on similar vehicles, the process is the same.

https://youtu.be/3W0fs6shT3o

and

https://youtu.be/1j7qDoi1LP0

and

https://youtu.be/UV0kfP17Co0

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-rear-brake-shoes-and-drums

Please run down these guides and report back.


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/561653_Brake_shoes_01_Taurus_1.jpg

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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
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JEFFKNAP
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I have replaced back brakes on both sides, when I test drove the car the wheel cylinders on both sides blew at the same time. I replaced them and they blew again, I went back to the autoparts store and exchanged them two more times the keep on blowing, what am I missing here. I have replaced these many times and never had this problem.
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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For the wheel cylinder to come apart and leak its traveling more than it should make sure you have the correct shoes recheck hardware ,


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_Graphic1_629.jpg

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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
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DONNIE FINCHAM
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Hello, on my vehicle listed above (wagon) when I release the brake the rear brake shoe scrapes for about a quarter mile, then sound goes away. Otherwise the brakes are good. Could it be a broken or bad shoe return spring? Thank you. Donnie Fincham
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good evening.

This sounds more like the hold down spring which keeps the shoe flat against the backing plate. Remove the drum and be sure the shoes are tight against the backing plate.

Number 11 in the picture I attached.

Roy
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
DONNIE FINCHAM
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Thank you Roy good buddy. I will check it. Great answer Roy. Don
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
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LYNDEN56
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I can not get the piston on the rear caliper to go back, it seems like the emergency brake is holding it out but the cabel is fully extended
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BLACKOP555
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To retract the piston you need a piston remover/installer tool number T87P-2588-A

siimply rotate piston clockwise until piston is fully retracted into the bore.

Make sure the slot in the piston is position so it will engage wiht the pin on the brake pad.
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/66751_taurs_1.jpg

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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:29 AM (Merged)
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IXYZ
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Do I have to do anything special to get caliper on rear to recess during rear brake replacement?
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BLACKOP555
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Check with a part store, there is a special tool used to compress and turn the caliper at the same time, it fits in the notch on the bottom of the piston, shouldn't take too much pressure to press on it, may have to loosen the bleeder valve. the video will show you how.

https://youtu.be/j8YwfSKEzZo

Please run down this guide and report back.
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
GARZKJ
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I got new rear rotor's, new pads and I cannot seem to get the lower caliper mounting bolt into place because the emergency/parking brake cable is in the way. How do I get that bottom bolt in?
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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According to ford, you have to remove the E cable before proceeding good luck
Raise and support vehicle.
Remove rear wheels.
Disconnect and plug brake hose from caliper.
Remove parking brake cable retaining clip from brake caliper.
Disconnect parking brake cable.
Using an open-end wrench, hold slider pin and remove slider pin pinch bolt.
Lift caliper assembly away from anchor plate.
Remove slider pins and boots from anchor plate. Remove brake pads and anti-rattle springs


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_Graphic1_405.jpg


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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
VMK
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  • 1993 FORD TAURUS
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1993 Taurus - drivers rear wheel cylinder - front piston is popping out of the cylinder housing!

This is my daughters car and I did the front and rear brakes about 15K ago with no problems until this morning. Luckily this happened in front of our home as she was dropping off the grandson.

I removed the drivers drum and found the self adjuster had fallen off and it was considerably damaged. Figured the self adjusted froze. With that said I replaced the rear brakes again, this time with both sides receiving new shoes, new hardware and new self adjusters. I also replaced the drivers rear wheel cylinder.

While test driving the car it happens again! So I remove the drum, purchase and install another new wheel cylinder and took the extra step of replacing the drivers drum. Yep. Did it again!

So I am at a loss - this is not my first rodeo with drum brakes but I am stumped as to how this could even happen given the clearances within the drum. Any ideas or advisements will be appreciated as I am going to have to reopen this can of worms tomorrow.

Thanks in advance for your reply!
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