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Having trouble installing brake shoes, any advise will help very much. thanx

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Hello, pick up a Haynes Repair manual from most auto stores or library. Front brakes are disc, rear are drum unless you have a Turbo. You will need a large adjustable C-clamp to compress the front caliper piston and a standard Brake Tool, spoon, & spring remover for the rear. The rear is complex so only replace one side at a time, using the other side as a map. The front caliper has 2 torx bolts holding it in place. They are mounted on the inside of the steering knuckle and are LH threads. Be sure to crack open the
bleeder valves. Drums will need (always) to be turned at a parts store. Disc may or may not have to be turned or replaced. If you press your brakes and you felt a shake in the steering then the rotors are warped. Rotors can only be turned once, or they become thinner then specs allow. Hope this helps...Dave

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    Fig. 4: View of the drum brake assembly with the drum removed
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    Fig. 5: Use a commercially available brake spray to clean the
    components before removal
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    Fig. 6: Detach the parking brake cable and conduit from the
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    Fig. 7: Lift the brake shoes, springs and adjuster off the
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    Fig. 10: Install the adjuster assembly in the slots in the
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