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for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Hi, I’m Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and
the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of Thanks. In this video, we show you how to remove and
reinstall the rear brake shoes and drums on this ’97 Buick LeSabre. This vehicle ends up having a pretty good
rare brake, so we just take them off and put them back on to show you. This procedure is the same for many GM vehicles
that have the rear drum brakes from Chevys to Pontiacs to Olds to Cadillacs. You’ll need new shoes and drums from,
jack and jack stands, 19 millimeter socket and ratchet or your lug wrench, some penetrating
oil, two large screwdrivers or small pry bars, pliers, some white grease or brake grease
and some solvent, and some brake cleaner or mineral spirits. You can even use gasoline, it just needs to
dissolve grease and then evaporate quickly. Remove the wheel. Pry the center cap off with a large screwdriver
or small pry bar. If you don’t have the benefit of air tools,
start with your vehicle on the ground, loosen the lug nuts, then raise and secure the vehicle. Remove the lug nuts the rest of the way or
remove the wheel and tire. Spray the hub that are on the lug studs with
some penetrating oil. I’m using two large screwdrivers to pry off
the drum. Then just wiggle your drum off. I’m using a small vice grip, and I’m going
to connect it right here in the end of the spring and pry that spring off. Remove the spring, and I’m using a large screwdriver
again with the flat tip. I’m going to pry out the big spring that goes
around. Once that’s out, you could pull out your shoes. The parts that fell off here, this one goes here
and this is the end of your adjuster and that can come out now too. This, if you pull it out and then remove the
emergency brake. Okay, check your drum for any significant
wear on the inside, any lips or any scoring that might occur. This right here is just from where it was
sitting with the brake shoe. This drum is in good shape, and it comes with
the shoes. These still have a lot of life left on them,
and you could measure that by how much of the lining is still here. Both of these shoes are in really good shape. If you need to replace your drums and your
shoes, get them from 1A Auto. You’ll see that they’re virtually identical,
the same thing with the drum. Connect the bar to your E-brake first. Use a screwdriver to pull the spring out. We’re going to install the adjuster and leave
off this end. Again, I’m using the screwdriver to pry up
at the clip and get your shoe in underneath it. Take your clip and put it in. Before putting your adjuster in, with the
end of it, just put a little grease on both ends and pry it out a little bit. Put the end in around your clip. We’ll get this end of the tensioner or the
adjuster here below the hole and it’s in, the same with this side here, and you can
go back in with the spring. I’m using mineral spirits to clean off the
brake shoes. You can use brake cleaner or any kind of solvent. You could use the same thing for the inside
of the drum. I’ll speed it up here as we put the wheel
back on, put the lug nuts on preliminary then let it down the ground to tighten the lug
nuts. Always pump your brakes before you do a road
test. Make sure you got a nice, firm pedal, and,
obviously, we showed you the passenger’s side. The driver’s side’s rear is the same and we
always recommend that you service your brakes in pairs. We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by, your source
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