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How to replace rear brake drums and shoes on a 1999 chevy malibu

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Thats quite alot to explain in writing. The best thing you should do is go to any local auto parts store and buy a repair manuel for that car ( haynes or chiltons). They're only twenty bucks and it will walk you through the whole process with illustrations. Plus theirs also instructions on how do just about every repair. I hope this helped you out. Good luck.....MIKE-

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The easiest way to do it is to follow the service manual step by step. If you don't have one the next easiest thing to do is raise both rear wheels off the ground and remove them. Use one side as a model while you replace the other side. The drums are easy, they simply slide off. When you bring the car into the garage or whereever you're going to do it make sure you let the car roll to a stop without applying the brakes, this will allow the drums to push the shoes away so the drum can be slid off. The springs are a bit of a pain in the rear so that's why you use one side as a model.

You'll also need a drum brake spring tool to make the job easier. Any auto parts store will have one. You can also search youtube for replacing rear drum brakes and you can watch a few videos so you know what to expect.

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