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post #1 of 3 Old 08-12-2020, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Drum brake shoe hold down spring - tips?

Hi folks,

I just completed my first drum brake rebuild (including wheel cylinders). The one part I struggled with the most was installing the brake shoe hold down spring and pin on the rear facing shoe (with the e-brake lever). I followed a procedure I found online that had me install the shoes as one of the first steps. I found it really difficult to hold the shoe in place while I put the spring, cap, and pin in place. While I was using one hand to hold the pin from the back and the other hand to try to compress the spring tool, any slippage at all would cause the shoe assembly fall to the ground. I finally got a helper to hold the shoe in place while I compressed the spring and turned the pin.

I know this shouldn't be a two man job, so what's the trick to that step?


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post #2 of 3 Old 08-12-2020, 04:41 PM
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I use a standard pair of slip-joint pliers to hold the clip. With the clip "broadside" in the pliers. Then use the pliers w/clip, to compress the spring and then give a twist. Other hand holding pin from back.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-12-2020, 07:46 PM
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I put 1 finger on the back of the pin to hold it, then my thumb on the shoe to hold it (same hand)
Yea, once and awhile stuff moves, but usually no problems.
On bigger 1 ton 3" shoes I use my knee if the fingers wont reach
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