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

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HMAC300
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We did not get Fiestas here in US until 2011. Focus has disc brakes in rear. Picture shows from rear.
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ELMO74
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  • 2003 FORD FOCUS
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Having trouble with the adjustment bracket? Right rear drum. New shoes and hardware, drum and wheel cylinder. Everything looks the same as parts before. How can I get the spring on under adjustment bracket and make final adjustments? I thought I had it pretty good, but yet didn't seem like tooth was fitting where it should be. Do I really need all my springs?
Frustrated with it. Help.
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KASEKENNY1
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You definitely need all the springs. Here is the complete process. Are you "assembling" the shoes with the springs and then attaching the parking cable and then putting them up on the hub?

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

Here is a video on a 2005 that is the same:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4bchckCwqM
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

I know the feeling. Hang in there. I am going to provide the directions from A to Z for shoe replacement and adjustment. Take a look through the directions to confirm everything is together correctly and if the directions for the adjuster and adjuster spring install help. All of the attached pics correlate with these directions. I realize you don't need all of them, but I'm adding everything in the event you skipped a step.

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2003 Ford Focus L4-2.0L SOHC VIN P
Procedures
Vehicle Brakes and Traction Control Drum Brake System Brake Shoe Service and Repair Procedures
PROCEDURES
Removal

pic 1

All vehicles
1. Remove the parking brake control boot.
1 Detach the boot clip.
2 Remove the boot.

2. NOTE: Make sure the rear brakes are at a cool temperature.

Release the parking brake control to its lowest position.

Pic 2

3. Loosen the parking brake cable adjustment nut until there is no tension in the cable.
1 Remove the retaining clip.
2 Loosen the adjustment nut.
4. Remove the wheels and tires.

Pic 3

Vehicles with anti-lock brakes
5. Detach the wheel speed sensor.

Pic 4

All vehicles

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

Remove the brake drum and hub assembly.

Pic 5

7. Remove the hold down springs.
Remove the pins.

Pic 6

8. CAUTION: Do not damage the wheel cylinder boots.

Disconnect the shoes from the wheel cylinder.

Pic 7

9. Detach the shoes from the anchor block.
10. Hold the wheel cylinder pistons in place with a rubber band.

Pic 8

11. Disconnect the parking brake cable.
1 Push the lever inwards.
2 Disconnect the cable.

Pic 9

12. Remove the lower return spring.

Pic 10

13. Remove the upper return spring.

Pic 11

14. Remove the primary shoe from the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
1 Pull the shoe outwards.
2 Disconnect the strut.
3 Release the strut.

Pic 12

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

Detach the secondary shoe from the support.
1 Move the strut downwards.
2 Detach the parking brake return spring.

Installation

All Vehicles
1. Clean, check and apply silicon dielectric compound grease to the backing plate contact points.

Pic 13

2. Install the strut support to the secondary shoe.
1 Install the parking brake return spring.
2 Move the strut upwards.

Pic 14

3. Install the primary shoe to the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
1 Install the strut.
2 Push the shoe inwards.
3 Rotate the adjuster fully clockwise.

Pic 15

4. Install the upper return spring.

Pic 16

5. Install the lower return spring.

Pic 17

6. Install the parking brake cable.
1 Push the lever inwards.
2 Connect the cable.
7. Remove the rubber band holding the wheel cylinder pistons in place.

Pic 18

8. CAUTION: Do not damage the wheel cylinder boots.

Connect the shoes to the wheel cylinder.

Pic 19

9. Connect the shoes to the anchor block.

Pic 20

10. Install the hold down springs.

Pic 21

11. Install the brake drum and hub assembly.

Pic 22

Vehicles with anti-lock brakes
12. Install the wheel speed sensor.

All Vehicles
13. Install the wheels and tires.

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

Rotate the rear wheels and apply the brake pedal four times.
15. Carry out parking brake cable adjustment.

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Here are the directions for adjustment of the parking brake. Just adding them if needed.

2003 Ford Focus L4-2.0L SOHC VIN P
Adjustments
Vehicle Brakes and Traction Control Parking Brake System Parking Brake Cable Adjustments
ADJUSTMENTS
Parking Brake Cable Adjustment

pic 23

All Vehicles
1. Remove the parking brake control boot.
1 Detach the boot clip.
2 Remove the boot.

2. NOTE: Make sure the rear brakes are at a cool temperature.

Release the parking brake control to its lowest position.

Pic 24

3. Loosen the parking brake cable adjustment nut until there is no tension in the cable.
1 Remove the retaining clip.
2 Loosen the adjustment nut.
4. Apply and release the brake pedal to make sure the rear brakes are correctly adjusted.
5. Raise and support the vehicle.
6. Make sure the parking brake cable and conduit is correctly routed and located in its clips.

Pic 25

7. Raise the parking brake control up four notches.

Pic 26

8. Tighten the parking brake cable adjustment nut until increased torque is noticed.
9. Apply and release the handbrake lever several times with sufficient force to settle the parking brake system.
10. Release the parking brake control to its lowest position.

Pic 27

Vehicles with rear drum brakes

11. CAUTION: If adjusting the cable does not affect the plunger movement, then the cable is either damaged, binding or seized. Install a new cable and conduit.

NOTE: The total movement of both the left-hand side and the right-hand side plungers added together should be between 1 mm and 8 mm.

Check the movement of the plunger in the left-hand side and the right-hand side backing plates. If further adjustment is required, adjust the cable using the parking brake cable adjustment nut.

Pic 28

Vehicles with rear disc brakes

12. CAUTION: If adjusting the cable does not affect the caliper parking brake lever movement, then the cable is either damaged, binding or seized. Install a new cable and conduit.

NOTE: The total movement between both the left-hand side and the right-hand side caliper parking brake lever and the stop added together should be between 0.5 mm and 2 mm.

Check the movement of the caliper parking brake lever on the left-hand side and right-hand side. If further adjustment is required, adjust the cable using the parking brake cable adjustment nut.
13. Rotate the rear wheels to make sure that no brake drag is apparent.

Pic 29

14. Install the parking brake adjustment nut retaining clip.
1 Make sure the parking brake adjustment nut is in the correct position after adjustment.
2 Install the retaining clip.
15. Install the parking brake control boot.

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Let me know if that helps.

Take care,
Joe
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YOAMORTO
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How do you gat the brake drum off a 2002 Ford focus
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi:
You will need to turn the self adjuster so the brakes close. You can get to them through the backing plate. There is a rubber plug that you pop out and then you'll have access to the self adjuster.

What happens, is as your brakes wear, the self adjuster opens the shoes so they continue to work. Also, the drum wears where the shoe hits it causing a small lip to develope on the outside edge of the drum that isn't touched. Your shoes are hitting that ridge and stopping drum removal. By closing the drum, the shoes are able to miss the ridge and the drum will come off.

Let me know if this helps.

Joe
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WARRENMILLER
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I have bought caliper piston adjuster tool but still cant get piston to go back what am I doing wrong
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https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_rearbrakepiston_1.jpg

or


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_648410_5.jpg



There is nothing secretive or hard about using the piston tool. Unless there is something faulty/defective with the caliper assembly. Try this. Slightly loosen the bleeder valve, and try twisting the piston again. If that still doesn't work, you may need to replace that caliper.


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_02focuscaliper_1.jpg

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SANDY79
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  • 2001 FORD FOCUS
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I need to manually slack the break pads to take the drum off, what are the spec to reajust or do they reajust by themself the first time I'll break?
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SATURNTECH9
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You have to manually adjust the shoes up. What you do is keep adjusting the shoes up a little at a time till you here a slight scraping sound from the drum scraping the shoes as you turn the drum by hand. Don't try adjusting them with a warped drum.
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PROTECH1980
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Hey Saturntech, just wanted to add a little info, the rear adjusters are self adjusters on this Focus they will adjust automatically with the operation of the brake.
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SATURNTECH9
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Thanks for the back up info PROTECH1980 here is the rear brake shoes replacement it take's about setting the adjustment to start with.

Removal

1. Remove the brake drum.

2. Remove the hold down springs.

O Remove the pins.

3. CAUTION: Do not damage the wheel cylinder boots.

Disconnect the shoes from the wheel cylinder.

4. Detach the shoes from the anchor block.
5. Hold the wheel cylinder pistons in place with a rubber band.

6. Disconnect the parking brake cable.

1 Push the lever inwards.
2 Disconnect the cable.

7. Remove the lower return spring.

8. Remove the upper return spring.

9. Remove the primary shoe from the strut and brake shoe adjuster.

1 Pull the shoe outwards.
2 Disconnect the strut.
3 Release the strut.

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

Detach the secondary shoe from the support.
1 Move the strut downwards.
2 Detach the parking brake return spring.

Installation

All Vehicles

1. Clean, check and apply Silicone dielectric compound to the backing plate contact points.

2. Install the strut support to the secondary shoe.

1 Install the parking brake return spring.
2 Move the strut upwards.

3. Install the primary shoe to the strut and brake shoe adjuster.

1 Install the strut.
2 Push the shoe inwards.
3 Rotate the adjuster fully clockwise.

4. Install the upper return spring.

5. Install the lower return spring.

6. Install the parking brake cable.

1 Push the lever inwards.
2 Connect the cable.

7. Remove the rubber band holding the wheel cylinder pistons in place.
8. CAUTION: Do not damage the wheel cylinder boots.

Connect the shoes to the wheel cylinder.

9. Connect the shoes to the anchor block.

10. Install the hold down springs.

11. Install the brake drum and wheel hub assembly.

Vehicles with anti-lock brakes

12. Install the wheel speed sensor.

All Vehicles

13. Install the wheels.
14. Operate the brake pedal to achieve automatic adjustment.
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I'm studying mechanics at college and i've got lots of course work to do, i'm really stuck and hope that you could help me with one question.
Whats the main most common components in a non abs braking system?
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Tiny
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It depends on how old the system is for one thing. In the more modern systems master cylinder, combination valve, wheel cylinders in rear, calipers in front. Rotors and pads in front, shoes and linings in rear. Front brake hoses an done brake hose in rear. And of course brake lines. Rear drum brake pic included, can't find a decent front brake pic.
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TUCARGEN77
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I'm m trying to replace the rear wheel cylinder brake, for the bleeding valve. I used a 11 mm wrench, but for the the connection between the brake line and the wheel cylinder the wrench 11 mm is too big and the 10 mm is too small. What size wrench did you use? Thank you for your assistance.
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KASEKENNY1
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Hi,

These are standard and not metric. This means that it is either a 3/8 wrench or 7/16. If neither of these work either then most likely the nut is rounded off which means you need to try and use brake line wrenches. I attached a picture of these. As you can see they have more contact edges to try and prevent it from rounding off.

If nothing else works, then you will need to use vice grips and just get it loose. Then replace the line or repair it and replace the connection point.

Last resort is to cut the line off and replace it. Clearly this option on leaves you one option to repair it so I would not suggest it unless nothing else works or you just want to replace it since you are already replacing the wheel cylinder.
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MARKFRAN
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2002 ford focus. I am having trouble getting the drums off. After banging on them someone told me the auto maker has bolted these drums on( for Focus 2002 and over). I never heard of that. Are the bolts in the back and do I need a special tool?
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PEPPERMRJ
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Normaly the tire lug nuts hold the wheel and brake drum on. I'm sure your focus is the same. Brake drums develop a rust ridge around the inside the brake drum. The ridge catches the brake shoes when you try to remove it.

What you need to do is to back off the brake adjustment starwheel. This will let the brake shoes pull inward toward each other. Now they will not hang up on the drum's ridge. You can access the adjuster from the rear of the brake shoe backing plate. There will be an oval shaped slot with a plug in it. Remove it and use 2 screwdrivers or brake adjusting tools to back the adjuster off.

When you have the drum removed use a hand grinder to remove the rust ridge before you reinstall the drum.

Good luck and post back with questions/results. :)
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