The hardest part of changing the rear brakes on your Chevy Aveo is the fact that you have to get down on the ground to do it. The brakes wear at a slower rate on the rear of the car than those on the front but you still need to replace them periodically. The good news is that you won't have to pay the high cost of labour at a garage to get the job done since it's not difficult.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Automobile jack
- Jack stand
- Wheel chocks
- Lug wrench
- Rubber mallet
- Metric socket set
- Metric wrench set
Park the car on a level surface and place the wheel chocks in front of the front wheels. Raise the car up on the side you will be working on using the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the car near the jacking point and raise it up to the frame of the car.
Remove the wheel using the lug wrench.
Remove the axle nut using the proper size socket and ratchet. Pull the brake drum off the axle. If it doesn't come free easily, hit it sharply with the rubber mallet several times until it comes off.
Loosen the leading shoe hold down return spring using the proper size wrench. Disconnect the upper link of the connecting link spring using the pliers.
Remove the upper return spring and the adjuster using the pliers. Disconnect the return spring from the trailing shoe using the pliers. Disconnect the parking brake cable by unhooking it.
Remove the trailing shoe from the backing plate and then disconnect the lower return spring using the pliers.
Clean the brake adjuster and apply a light coat of brake grease to it. Install the trailing shoe and lining and then install the hold down spring, washer and pin using the pliers. Attach the parking brake cable to the lever and secure it in place using the pliers to hook it into the slot. Install the lower return spring using the pliers to pull it into place.
Install the lead brake shoe and lining and lock it into place using the hold down spring, washer and pin. Connect the lower return spring to the lead shoe using the pliers to pull it into place. Turn the adjusting pin all the way in and then place it into the slot between the two brake shoes.
Attach the leading shoe upper link spring connection to provide tension for the return spring and then install the return spring using the pliers to pull it into place.
Install the brake drum and tighten the axle nut with the socket and ratchet. Replace the wheel on the car using the lug wrench. Remove the jack stand and lower the car back to the ground. Repeat the process for the other wheel.
Pump the brakes several times to be sure that the brake shoes settle into place against the brake drum walls when you are done with the project.
Tips and warnings
- You should always wear eye protection when working on your car to prevent eye injuries.
- The dust that results as your brake wear may contain asbestos fibres. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you are done and never sand or grind the linings on your brake shoes.
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