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Drum brakes Replaced the rear brake shoes on a 2002 Mazda Protege, and can't get the drum back on.

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Changed shoes and hardware and can't get the drums on without forcing them on.


Your emergency brakes are engaged. Most likely the cables are rusted and won't release. Cut them near the rear brakes, adjust the shoes to fit the drum. replace them when you can.

Feb 16, 2015 | 1998 Mazda Protege

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I replaced the rear drum brakes on my 1998 Mazda Protege but the drum won't fit over the shoes without forcing it on. As best as I can tell, the adjuster is all the way back.


Check the parking brake cables to see if they are stuck and will not release all of the way. Try some penetrating oil on the cables where they enter the backing plate and at the connection further toward the front. Try pulling the cable on both ends to see if the oil will give you more movement of the shoes.

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Are rear brakes in 2000 mazda protege self adjusting?


If the rears are not adjusted right, it could be a problem. And they should be self-adjusting, although often the adjusters get frozen from rust, corrosion, dirt. To adjust them, you drive in reverse and hit the brakes. Every time you do this the adjuster should click-it has made one turn on the adjuster's star wheel. Do it a few times: reverse, press brakes; reverse, press brakes. If brakes were too loose, and adjusters were working, the brake pedal may brake better now-pedal may be higher when brakes are pressed. If not sure, peel off the rubber plug on back bottom of brake backing plate. You should see the adjuster star wheel. Use a screwdriver and see if you can turn the star wheel either way. If still not sure, take the brake drum off, pull the shoes off, and take off the adjuster for cleaning. They are very simple devices, only a few parts to them. If they need cleaning to free up, do so. Then use some high temperature grease, very sparingly, on the adjuster's threads. Put them back on, shoes, and drums, then do the reverse and brake again to get them adjusted. Should work great now. When you pull the drum off, you can check if you need new brake shoes- not likely, but check.
Good luck.

Jan 18, 2013 | 2000 Mazda Protege

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What special tools are required to change the rear brakes of a 2002 mazda protege?


If it is a rear disc brake system, the only special tool would be an allen wrench:

Turn the manual adjustment gear counterclockwise with an Allen wrench to pull the caliper piston inward (turn until it stops).

If it is a drum type brake system...no special tools...just a screwdriver, pliers....

May 12, 2010 | 2002 Mazda Protege

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My right rear brakes squeak due to the hand brake


Getting the levers loose is a start but the shoes may have gotten hot and "glazed". Have him replace the shoes, use a good quality name brand and not the cheapest you can find shoes, and it should be OK.

Nov 26, 2009 | 1996 Mazda Protege

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How do i get the back hub off 2000 mazda protege. want to change shoes


You have to back the brake shoes off from the drum, on the backside of the hub you will see 1 or 2 holes with rubber plugs in them Pull the plugs out and look in the hole and you will see a gear wheel with a rod riding on the gear, you have to push the rod out of the way and turn the gear upward and that will back the shoes away from the drum so the drum will come off.

Oct 28, 2009 | 2002 Mazda Protege

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How do you change rear drum brakes for a 1996 mazda protege? I cannot remove rear drum brakes.


If the rear drums are seized you will need to tap on the sides with a hammer while rotating the drum, this will loosen the hardware inside and allow it to come off.

If it is the shoes that will not come off, you need to find the spring and retainer that hold them on and disconnect them.

Jul 27, 2009 | 1996 Mazda Protege

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Very poor brake performance after changing rear shoes


It sounds like your self-adjusters are not assembled correctly allowing them to back off when braking.

Jul 13, 2009 | 1999 Mazda Protege

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Rear brake grinding noise when pressing on brakes


The grinding noise in the rear brake drum means that brake shoes are warn out and the metal part of the shoe is touching the drum. You need to replace it asap as it will damage the inner part of the drum and than replacing shoes will not help without skimming or replacing the drum.

Jun 28, 2009 | 1999 Mazda Protege

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