How to Replace the Rear Brake Shoes on a 2001 Rav4

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How to Replace the Rear Brake Shoes on a 2001 Rav4
Caliper mounting bracket (brake calipers image by Tom Oliveira from

The Toyota RAV4 was redesigned in 2001 to have a huskier, more contemporary sport utility vehicle appearance, according to The RAV4 has a four-cylinder engine that qualifies as a low-emissions vehicle in California. The 2001 RAV incorporated a roomier interior design to allow passengers increased leg room. The RAV4 is renowned for its maneuverability as well its visibility. It comes with all around disc brakes, which makes brake repairs fairly simple.

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Things you need

  • Tire iron
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wood blocks
  • Rope
  • Socket wrench set
  • Thin-handled hammer or C-clamp

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  1. 1

    Loosen each lug nut 1-1/2 rotations counter-clockwise. Place the blocks in front of the front tires.

  2. 2

    Place the floor jack beneath a support strut. There is a support strut located along the edge of the underside near each tire. Raise the vehicle enough to allow the tires to come off easily. Place the jack stands underneath the same support strut as the jack.

  3. 3

    Finish removing the lug nuts and take the tire completely off.

  4. 4

    Loosen the lower bolt on the caliper using the socket wrench. Tie the mount up to the undercarriage with the rope to hold it out of the way.

  5. 5

    Denote the orientation of the brake pads and the clips that hold them in. Remove the clips by pulling them out and remove the brake pads.

  6. 6

    Compress the caliper by pressing it inward, using the thin handled hammer or the C-clamp if the hammer doesn't work.

  7. 7

    Place the new pads in where the old ones were and put the clips in where they were.

  8. 8

    Untie the bracket and bolt it back onto the rotor. Put the tire back on and lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts.

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