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"Andrew Renshaw" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am going to tackle the front and back brakes today, I have a kit for the
> front. Is it a difficult job? Pads and shoes is all I am doing. How many
> hours should I alllow?
> Andy R
> Defender 110CSW
> H Reg (English)
> The blue Tank - Brikama or Bust, January 2006
The front is easy - wheel off, remove fitting kit pins, remove
pads, push in caliper pistons (making sure the other one doesn't
pop out - a bit of wood helps), insert new pads and fit fitting kit.
If the pistons are not stubborn, about 15-20 mins a side.
The rears can be a pain if the drums don't come off easily,
but replacing the shoes is only fiddly (getting the springs in the right
place) rather than difficult - a pair of mole grips or pipe grips
with a rag round them to pull the shoes about is a good idea.
Mind those fingers!
Just keep an eye on the cylinders - they pistons don't usually
pop out, but it can happen.
Re-assemble, set the adjustement (spinning the wheel by hand), then
go for a short run (remembering that you may not have any brakes!)
and then re-adjust.
Drive carefully for a few miles while the pads/shoes bed in,
idealy then re-checking the adjustment.
Allow at least an hour a side on the rear and get a stock of Language
in if the drums are stuck.
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