Rear brake shoe and drum (pads rotor) replacement instructions please?

Tiny
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I bought a set of rear brake drums, shoes, and springs. They are Brake Best and are for a 2010 Ford Focus SE. I'm having a hard time getting the springs to fit into the slots they go in. I got most of them, but one particular hole seems to be too far away for the spring to get into. It isn't a matter of stretching the spring, because the actual hook on the spring seems to be too narrow to go in, and widening it with a pliers just makes it slip out easily. I've linked two videos below. Also in the attached picture, you can see the new shoe is slightly wider where the spring hook has to get to. Thanks again.
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Friday, July 10th, 2020 AT 1:54 PM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good morning,

I attached picture of the drum brake system. Can you identify the spring that you cannot attach? There are 2 springs and I need to know which one.

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

This video shows the job being done

https://youtu.be/1j7qDoi1LP0

Removal and Installation

Remove the parking brake control boot.
Release the boot clip.
Lift the boot upward and over the parking brake control handle.
NOTE: Make sure the rear brakes are cool to the touch.

Move the parking brake control to the fully released position.
Relieve the tension on the parking brake cable.
Loosen the adjustment nut.
Remove the brake drum. For additional information, refer to Brake Drum in this section.
Remove the hold-down clips and pins.
NOTE: Do not allow the wheel cylinder pistons to fall out of the wheel cylinder bore.

Disconnect the brake shoes from the wheel cylinder.
Using a suitable tool, hold the wheel cylinder pistons in place.
Release the shoes from the backing plate.
Disconnect the parking brake cable.
Push the lever inward.
Release the cable from the lever.
Remove the lower return spring.
Remove the upper return spring.
Remove the primary shoe from the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
Pull the shoe outward.
Disconnect the strut and adjuster.
Release the strut and adjuster.
NOTE: The strut support spring is under tension.

Remove the secondary shoe from the support.
Move the strut downward.
Disconnect the parking brake return spring.
Clean, check and apply silicone grease to the brake shoe contact points on the brake backing plate.
NOTE: Make sure that all mating surfaces are free of foreign material.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.
NOTE: The internal auto-adjuster must be set and the brake shoes centralized to the brake drum.

Adjust the brake shoes. For additional information, refer to Brake Shoe Adjustment in this section.
Adjust the parking brake cable. For additional information, refer to Section 206-05 . Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Saturday, July 11th, 2020 AT 4:34 AM
Tiny
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It looks like it's the Upper Return Spring.
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Saturday, July 11th, 2020 AT 6:55 AM
Tiny
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That spring is a tough one to get. You have to collapse the adjuster assembly to bring the shows close together. Then use can attach the spring much easier.

Roy
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Saturday, July 11th, 2020 AT 7:01 AM
Tiny
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While I was out driving I started to smell a burning smell. I pulled over to investigate this smell and then as I went to put my handbrake on I realised that it was already halfway on and there had been a warning light on for about 1/2 to 1 miles (but as I was new to driving this car I hadn't realised what it was). As I got out to check the car it was obvious where the strong smell was coming from - the wheels (mainly the rears). The rear tyres were quite hot and when I first got out I could see a little smoke coming out of the right rear tyre/hub. I let the car cool down for 5-10 mins and most of the smell subsided but the right rear still had the most (although greatly subsided) burning smell coming out of it. Also there was some clicking (1 click every 20 seconds say) around the right/centre rear while the car was stationary. After I set off again I tested the brakes and the handbrake (on a hill) and everything was fine. After about another 5-10 mins of driving I arrived home without any problems. After leaving the car to stand for around 30 mins I checked the car again and found just a faint smell of burning on the right rear but this time no clicking. The brake discs on the rear tyres had a rusty colour on the outside and inside edge and this seemed slightly worse on the right rear compared to the left rear, whereas the front discs had no colour on either edge. On the 1/2 - 1 mile stretch of road that I travelled with the handbrake halfway on I reached speeds of up to 40 mph. Do you think that this is a case of overheated or glazed brakes or worse and do you think that I should get this checked out? Also this was a UK Ford Focus estate car.

Thanks for any replies in advance,

Ben
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Monday, March 15th, 2021 AT 7:40 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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You actually have drums on the rear of this vehicle. I suspect they are over adjusted.

Here is a guide that will help with replacing these:

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

Below you will find the process from the manual that will help with replacing the shoes on this vehicle.

Please review this material and let me know if you have questions. Thanks
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Tiny
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How can I remove the drum and shoes?
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Tiny
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Hi,

Replacing rear brake shoes and drums is a little more involved than a disc type brake system. However, if you take your time and stick to the directions, you should be fine.

First, here is a link that shows in general how it is done. You can use this as a guide. This video shows the job being done

https://youtu.be/1j7qDoi1LP0

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

Here are the directions specific to your vehicle. The pics attached below correlate with the directions.

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2008 Ford Focus L4-2.0L
Removal and Replacement
Vehicle Brakes and Traction Control Drum Brake System Brake Shoe Service and Repair Removal and Replacement
REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT
Brake Shoes

Material

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pic 2

Removal and Installation
1. Remove the parking brake control boot.
Release the boot clip.
Lift the boot upward and over the parking brake control handle.

2. NOTE: Make sure the rear brakes are cool to the touch.

Move the parking brake control to the fully released position.
3. Relieve the tension on the parking brake cable.
Loosen the adjustment nut.
4. Remove the brake drum.
5. Remove the hold-down clips and pins.

6. NOTE: Do not allow the wheel cylinder pistons to fall out of the wheel cylinder bore.

Disconnect the brake shoes from the wheel cylinder.
Using a suitable tool, hold the wheel cylinder pistons in place.
7. Release the shoes from the backing plate.
8. Disconnect the parking brake cable.
Push the lever inward.
Release the cable from the lever.
9. Remove the lower return spring.
10. Remove the upper return spring.
11. Remove the primary shoe from the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
Pull the shoe outward.
Disconnect the strut and adjuster.
Release the strut and adjuster.

12. NOTE: The strut support spring is under tension.

Remove the secondary shoe from the support.
Move the strut downward.
Disconnect the parking brake return spring.
13. Clean, check and apply silicone grease to the brake shoe contact points on the brake backing plate.

14. NOTE: Make sure that all mating surfaces are free of foreign material.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.

15. NOTE: The internal auto-adjuster must be set and the brake shoes centralized to the brake drum.

Adjust the brake shoes.
16. Adjust the parking brake cable.

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

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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Monday, March 15th, 2021 AT 7:40 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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How can replace the rear brake shoes on my car?
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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good afternoon,

I attached the procedure for the repair below.

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

Roy

Removal and Installation
1. Remove the parking brake control boot.
Release the boot clip.
Lift the boot upward and over the parking brake control handle.

2. NOTE: Make sure the rear brakes are cool to the touch.

Move the parking brake control to the fully released position.
3. Relieve the tension on the parking brake cable.
Remove the retaining clip.
Loosen the adjustment nut.

4. CAUTION: Do not remove the brake drum by means of the hub retaining nut.

Remove the brake drum.
5. Remove the hold-down clips and pins.

6. NOTE: Do not allow the wheel cylinder pistons to fall out of the wheel cylinder bore.

Disconnect the brake shoes from the wheel cylinder.
Using a suitable tool, hold the wheel cylinder pistons in place.
7. Release the shoes from the anchor block.
8. Disconnect the parking brake cable.
Push the lever inward.
Release the cable from the lever.
9. Remove the lower return spring.
10. Remove the upper return spring.
11. Remove the primary shoe from the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
Pull the shoe outward.
Disconnect the strut and adjuster.
Release the strut and adjuster.

12. CAUTION: The strut support spring is under tension.

Remove the secondary shoe from the support.
Move the strut downward.
Disconnect the parking brake return spring.
13. Clean, check and apply silicone grease to the brake shoe contact points on the brake backing plate.

14. CAUTION: Make sure that all mating surfaces are free of foreign material.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.

15. NOTE: The internal auto-adjuster must be set and the brake shoes centralized to the brake drum.

Adjust the brake shoes.
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Tiny
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I also attached a YouTube video of the repair for you to view.

Roy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j7qDoi1LP0
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Tiny
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Can anyone tell me how to get the rear drum off so I can change the shoes?
I took the axle nut off and I still cant get the drum off it is loose but wont come off
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Monday, March 15th, 2021 AT 7:40 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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If you can access the adjusting slot in the backing plate, try taking some adjustment out so that there is more room between the drum and shoe, sounds like the shoe is hanging up on the wear lip in the drum
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Tiny
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How do I adjust the rear brake on a Ford fucus
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Monday, March 15th, 2021 AT 7:41 PM (Merged)
Tiny
M_H_RITZEL
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If your car can have disc brakes there is no adjustment. Here is a video that show the job being done and the adjustment after replacing the shoes.

https://youtu.be/1j7qDoi1LP0

Did you put new brakes on? Here is a guide that helps with low brake pedal as well

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/brake-pedal-goes-to-the-floor

Please run down these guides and report back.
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Tiny
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https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_Brake_adja_1.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_Brake_adjd_1.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_Brake_adjb_1.jpg


What this means is use a brake adjusting gauge set it to the drums inner diameter, then fit it over the shoes and pull shoes apart to get a snug fitting drum, then follow the directions above...if you dont have the tool, trial and error will have to do! Use a flat blade screwdriver to help closing the shoes together if you need to...Pry at "3" This will push the ratchet mech away and allow the shoes to close up...
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Tiny
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I cannot seem to figure out how to back out the rear brakes so I can remove the drum. Anyone have a clue?
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Monday, March 15th, 2021 AT 7:41 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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If your attempting to replace brake shoes here is what you do;
Remove speed sensor from backing plate next remove four bolts on spindle remove spindle and drum from front. This video will show you how

https://youtu.be/1j7qDoi1LP0

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Tiny
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What size nut secures the rear brake drum?
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Tiny
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Usually a 30mm

Remove or disconnect the following:
Rear wheel
Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
Brake drum, bearing and spindle assembly.
To install:

Install or connect the following:
Brake drum, bearing and spindle assembly. Tighten the bolts to 49 ft. Lbs. (66 Nm).
Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
Rear wheel
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Will 2005 Fiesta adjusters fit on my car listed above?
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