Rear brake shoes

Tiny
TEDDYTOM
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  • 2008 CHEVROLET COLORADO
  • 2.9L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,000 MILES
I don't have enough arms to get the horse shoe spring in place on my rear drum brakes. Any tricks or special! Tools that could help?
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Sunday, September 15th, 2019 AT 7:50 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Welcome to 2CarPros.

They are a pain. I agree. You have two choices. Use a good set of channel locks or there is a specific tool. It is a brake spring spanner. The brake tool part number is J 38400. You can get them at any parts stores.

I attached a pic of one being used on your vehicle. See pic 1.

Also, here are the directions for that portion of the brake job. The remaining pics correlate with these directions.

2. Install the park brake cable in the lever.

Pic 2

Important: Ensure that the retractor spring is properly seated in the retaining bracket at the bottom of the backing plate.

3. Install the retractor spring on the backing plate.

Pic 3

4. Using a pair of channel locks, install the retractor spring in the primary brake shoe.

Pic 4

5. Install the secondary brake shoe on the backing plate.

Pic 5

Important: In the following service procedure, the retractor spring can be installed by the use of either the special tool called out or by the use or a pair of channel locks.

6. Using the J 38400 (1) or equivalent, install the retractor spring in the secondary brake shoe.

Pic 6

Let me know if this helps.

Joe
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Sunday, September 15th, 2019 AT 8:04 PM
Tiny
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Hello and welcome to 2CarPros. As JACOBANDNICKOLAS stated this repair can be complicated and the special tool is needed. Even with the special tool is difficult. I usually disengage the parking brake cable under the middle of the vehicle on the driver side. I do it one side at at a time depending on which side I do.

Do not mess with the adjustment nut. There is a spring on the cable where you can actually pull to release it from the equalizer which will make life easier.
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Sunday, September 15th, 2019 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
TEDDYTOM
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Thank you so much for the help. The info was helpful and the job is complete. Do your experts have any recommendations regarding sealing material to use on headlight and parking light lenses? I have tried super glue, windshield mastic, caulk, and the 3m black rubber goo that is supposed to be the best. None lasted more than a couple weeks. I wonder if the wind speed or maybe vibration is more than the adhesives/sealers can handle. I also haven't found any lens restorer that last, any advise on that will be appreciated. Thanks again, Ted
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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 AT 12:35 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Welcome back:

I have to be honest, I haven't found anything that works for an extended period of time either. As far as a glue, elements such as wind, sun, heat / cold, rain and so on cause them to fail. Have you checked for an aftermarket used part? That may be your best bet.

Let me know.

Joe
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Thursday, September 19th, 2019 AT 7:39 PM

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