Question about 2003 Pontiac Vibe
How much rear brake shoe material should I have left before I change the shoes?
Just a hair before the rivets. It is very hard to give you a depth chart since you would have had to have measured the pads before they were put on. Usually you change the rear pads after every two front pad changes. Remember you only use about 15 to 20% of your rear brakes so they take alot longer to go out on you
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
You will hear a squealing or scraping sound first. That is your indicator of when to change the brake pads. Any sooner and you are wasting money. They put those on the brake pads for a reason.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
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The drum brakes are self-adjusting and require a manual adjustment only after the brake shoes have been replaced, or when the length of the adjusting screw has been changed while performing some other service operation.
Fig. Fig. 2: When using a brake adjustment gauge, first measure the inside diameter of the drum (top) and then adjust the brakes shoes to the proper outside diameter (bottom)
Fig. Fig. 3: Measure brake shoe thickness in several places around the shoe
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