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2002 Saturn Vue: Replacing rear brake shoes

I finally found the little star wheel from the back of the brake plate. I originally was told to start with the screwdriver on the bottom of the wheel and rotate it up. I was able to get about 6 turns and no more. When I did that, it had to of been expanding the shoes b/c I couldnt even turn the drum at all. SO, I turned it back the other way and was able to get about7-8 turns and then it would start clicking and how ever far I had moved it, it would rotate back. What is going on...I know my brakes are worn out but what gives??? Any help please.

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If you are using a screwdriver instead of a brake spoon - then you will need two screwdrivers - one to rotate the adjuster star and one to push the plate back that holds it.

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  1. Place parking brake lever in -full released- position.
  2. Raise and support vehicle.
  3. Remove plug in parking brake shoe support to access adjuster star-wheel.
  4. Through the access hole, rotate the adjuster star wheel in the following direction to expand the shoes outward against the drum:
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  10. Lower vehicle.
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Removal & Installation NOTE The following procedure may be used to remove shoes on either side of the vehicle.

  1. Lock out automatic adjuster in parking brake lever.
  2. Raise and support vehicle.
  3. Access and remove rear hub and bearing.
  4. Remove parking brake cable bolt at knuckle.
  5. Completely back off parking brake shoe adjustment.
  6. Remove parking brake shoe adjuster spring.
  7. Remove shoe adjuster.
  8. Remove upper brake shoe hold-down clip and pin.
  9. Remove lower brake shoe hold-down clip and pin.
  10. Remove upper and lower shoes with return spring from shoe actuator.
  11. Remove return spring from shoes.

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    Fig. View of the actuator (1), support (2), adjuster spring (3), return spring (4), caliper adapter (5), shoes (6), hold-down clips and pins (7) and adjuster (8)

To install:
  1. Install return spring between upper and lower shoes.
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  2. Install upper and lower shoes with return spring on shoe actuator located on parking brake cable.
  3. Install lower brake shoe hold-down pin through rear of support and lower shoe, then install hold-down clip.
  4. Install upper brake shoe hold-down pin through rear of support and upper shoe, then install hold-down clip.
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  15. Adjustment This vehicle is equipped with permanently sealed rear wheel bearings. There is no periodic lubrication or maintenance recommended for these units.


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      Fig. Hub assembly

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      Fig. Rear hub and bearing mounting bolts

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