Rear Drum Brake Inspection

Frequent inhalation of brake pad dust, regardless of material composition, could be hazardous to your health.
  • Avoid breathing dust particles
  • Never use an air hose or brush to clean brake assemblies. Use an appropriate vacuum cleaner.

  • Contaminated brake linings or drums reduce stopping ability.
  • Block the front wheels before jacking up the rear of the vehicle.

1.Raise the rear of the vehicle, and make sure it is securely supported. Remove the rear wheels.

2.Release the parking brake, and remove the rear brake drum .


3.Check the wheel cylinder (A) for leakage.


4.Check the brake linings (B) for cracking, glazing, wear, and contamination.

5.Measure the brake lining thickness (C). Measurement does not include brake shoe thickness.

Brake Lining Thickness: 
Standard: 4.3 mm (0.17 in.) 
Service Limit: 1.0 mm (0.04 in.) 

6.If the brake lining thickness is less than the service limit, replace the brake shoes as a set.

7.Check the hub bearing for smooth operation. If it requires servicing, replace it.

8.Measure the inside diameter of the brake drum with inside vernier calipers.

Drum Inside Diameter: 
Standard: 179.9-180.0 mm (7.083-7.087 in.) 
Service Limit: 181 mm (7.126 in.) 


9.If the inside diameter of the brake drum is more than the service limit, replace the brake drum.

10.Check the brake drum for scoring, grooves, corrosion, and cracks.