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I need to replace rear brakes for 2001 saturn

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Your car came with 2 types of brakes for that year here is the DRUM BRAKE REMOVAL. I will have to send it in 2 posts since the text is too long to send it in 1 post. Please vote if this helps you:

  • Remove the wheels and brake drums.
  • Remove the lower return and adjuster springs using a universal brake spring remover. Do not over extend the springs or they will damaged and will need to be replaced.
  • Compress the leading brake shoe hold-down cup and spring while removing the pin from the rear of the backing plate. Release spring compression, then remove the hold-down cup and spring.
  • Posted on Apr 23, 2010

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    • Matt M
      Matt M Apr 23, 2010





      1. Pull the leading shoe towards the front of the vehicle and remove the adjuster assembly and lever. It may be necessary to turn the adjuster starwheel to shorten the adjuster's length.

      2. Remove the leading shoe by twisting the shoe out of engagement with the upper return spring.

      3. Remove the upper return spring from the park brake shoe, then remove the park brake shoe hold-down cup, spring and pin assembly.

      4. Push the park brake shoe lever into the cable spring while disengaging the cable from the end lever and remove the parking brake shoe, lever and cable spring from the vehicle. READ NEXT POST. IT WILL INCLUDE FINAL STEPS!

    • Matt M
      Matt M Apr 23, 2010





      1. Remove the retainer and wave washer, then remove the park brake lever from the shoe.

      2. Disassemble the brake adjuster socket, screw and nut, then clean the components in denatured alcohol. Inspect the assembly, making sure the screw threads smoothly into the adjusting nut over the full threaded length.

      3. Inspect the wheel cylinder for signs of leakage and for cut or damaged boots. Do not attempt to repair a damaged cylinder, the assembly must be replaced.



    • Matt M
      Matt M Apr 23, 2010

      Please let me know if you have DISK BRAKES and I will provide the instructions for that as well. Also, please vote if this helps you.

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