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What parts do I need to replace my rear drum brakes?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by klieber, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Oct 25, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    klieber

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    Hi All -- I need to replace the rear brakes on my 2004 4WD Tacoma. I'm going to get a local mechanic help me with the labor part, but am hoping to buy OEM parts online. To that end, can anyone help me with what the exact parts are that I need? I've never replaced drum brakes before, so I'm not sure if I just need pads or a whole new drum. From the last time the brakes were inspected, I know I still have some life left in them, so they haven't gotten to the disc-equivalent of getting into the rotors yet.

    Any help? Thanks!
     
  2. Oct 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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    STLharry

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    For the whole job, you need:
    -Shoes (the pads)
    -Drums (probably won't need new ones)
    -Hardware kit (this comes with everything you need for springs, pins, caps, etc. I went aftermarket for the kit b/c idk if toyota sells the kit all together, and it's def a lot cheaper to buy the 20-30 dollar kit that includes every little thing)
    -Check the condition of the slave cylinders. If one looks in rough shape, replace both.
    -Make sure the E-brake cable is tight and the levers are lubed and working smoothly.
     
  3. Oct 25, 2010 at 9:02 PM
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    MowTaco

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    Another tip I learned in auto shop... Only do one side at a time. It's a clusterfuck of springs in there and it helps to have one side fully assembled so you can copy it when you forget how it goes back together.
    Good Luck!
     
  4. Oct 26, 2010 at 12:35 AM
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    yeah lift the whole back of the truck up and take off both tires and do one side at a time, this will aid when something doesnt go back right and you have to look at the other side to see where u messed up lol

    if the drums have a little ridge where the shoes have been wearing, will be a little nub on the end, I would have them turned, that's just something I do, usually adds maybe 10 bucks to the process and you know they're nice and round for the next 70k miles, pretty sure u can't have them turned more then once or twice though, haven't had to do my rear brakes yet so i'm not sure
     
  5. Oct 31, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    skeezix

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    Been there done that on my 1998 Tacoma. Here's a hint:

    If you just cannot get the e-brake cable end off of the actuator because it seems like it's too tight, then you're doing something wrong.

    Think Chinese puzzle.

    Also, take note (or a few digi-photos) as you remove the actuator springs and levers near the top of the brake shoes so you will have something to look at if you can't recall what goes where.
     
  6. Nov 1, 2010 at 1:27 AM
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    the only parts needed will be the shoes as long as the drums haven't been damaged. the shoes will come with new hardware. they aren't that bad to do if, like someone said before, you do one side at a time so that you can use the other side as a reference but i thought you said a tech was gonna help you anyway so no sweat...
     
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    bump this cause i needed help
     
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