Question about 1984 Chevrolet S-10
Ok, these are pretty easy. Start with the front; they'll be the most important. Remove the tires, and place on blocks or jack stands. Make sure you have a piece of wire or a short, strong bungee cord to hold the caliper up once you're going. Turn the wheels to one side, all the way. Start with the side opposite of where you turned to. If you study the backing plate, you'll see that there are fairly large bolts that hold the caliper bracket to the backing plate. Remove these (they'll be TIGHT). This should allow the entire caliper and bracket assembly to be removed. Wire or bungee this up so it's not placing stress on the hose. Next is the rotor. It SHOULD come right off, but sometimes they rust on. If so, hit it with a hammer, and it will come loose. Now, you'll want to compress the brake piston. Be careful with this, because often when you compress the piston, it forces the brake fluid up and out of the reservoir, leaving a mess and eating all the paint from your engine compartment. This is easily done with a c-clamp. Remove the brake pads, and put the new ones in. They just clip in. Now you want to put the rotor in place, and put the caliper and bracket in place. Tighten everything down tight again, and put that wheel back on. Start up your truck and press the brake pedal until it isn't soft anymore. Turn the wheels the opposite direction, and do the other side. As for the rear wheels, do the same; remove the tires and place it on stands or blocks. There should be a rubber plug on the bottom rear of the backing plate. Remove this. If it's missing already, disregard. Look inside. You'll see a wheel with teeth in it. This is what you use to loosen the brakes and adjust them. Start turning this by inserting a screwdriver and prying up or down on it. You'll figure out if you're going the right direction if either you can pull the drum off, or if the drum won't turn. If it won't turn, go the other direction until the drum will pull off. Again, sometimes it takes some persuasion, as these like to rust to the axle (in the center). When you get the drum off, you'll see the internals. Take a picture of it so you can make sure you don't forget how it went together, or use the other side for reference. Remove the springs, and you should be able to pull the shoes out of their places. Put the new ones in the same way the old ones came out. Put the drum back on, and tighten that wheel until the drum won't turn, then back it off just until you don't feel the pads dragging on the drum as you turn it. Put the rubber plug back in if applicable, then put the tire back on. Do the other side the same way. ::note:: the adjusting wheel on the other side is usually opposite of its predecessor. Have fun!
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