2005 CHEVY SILVERADO DIAGRAM FOR REPLACING BRAKE SHOES

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  • 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.

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 AT 3:49 PM

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  • factoryjack
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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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Saturday, June 19th, 2010 AT 6:12 PM
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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.

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Saturday, June 19th, 2010 AT 7:06 PM
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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.

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Sunday, June 20th, 2010 AT 12:36 PM
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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!

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Sunday, June 20th, 2010 AT 8:38 PM
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Thank you for your participation.

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Monday, June 21st, 2010 AT 10:58 PM

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