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Old 08-14-2007, 03:57 PM   #1
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2001 ZX3 rear brake squeaking (how to take them apart)

A little while I posted here asking if anyone else has had the same issue:

-with parking brake off, squeaking sound when you let go of the brake pedal-

I went to the local mechanic to get an idea and he said: "that's easy, the sound you hear when you let go of the brake pedal are the rear drum brakes. The 'backplate' needs lubricating."

I'm wondering if it's something I can do myself (since I like to take on tasks like this) or if I should leave it to the pros. He said it would take about an hour and charge $90cdn.

Anyone know of any diagrams/instructions on the rear brakes?

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Old 08-14-2007, 04:29 PM   #2
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> Anyone know of any diagrams/instructions on the rear brakes?

You can buy a Chilton's or Haynes repair manual at auto stores for about $15-20 U.S. It's a good investment if you do things like this yourself, as they generally give step by step instructions with photos.
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> Anyone know of any diagrams/instructions on the rear brakes?

You can buy a Chilton's or Haynes repair manual at auto stores for about $15-20 U.S. It's a good investment if you do things like this yourself, as they generally give step by step instructions with photos.
Oh that's right! I totally forgot about that. I'll see what it has. I figure I might as well do it all myself.
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let me know if this helps.....

http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?modid=48
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let me know if this helps.....

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You're my hero, that's exactly what it is. Looks tricky, I'm wondering if I should just let them do it. I'll check the price of the supplies aswell.
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^^^ It's really not as bad as it looks. I just did my rear brakes. The four spindle bolts are something of a PITA, but the springs aren't that bad.

I bought a haynes manual and it was very helpful in disassembling the rear brakes. You might just want to do your rear brake shoes since you have a 2001, and you'll have them off anyway. it cost me all of $40 u.s. for a set of good shoes (Wagner).

My advice is to take both drums off, but only dissassemble one brake at a time. That way you can use the other brake as a reference in case you forget where a spring goes, etc.

Oh yeah, and it's an excellent opportunity to paint your drums once they're off your car.
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if u wanna do it the easy way, when i did mine, i just pulled the drum off. then i took off the 2 shoe hold down pins and peeled the shoes up, and cleaned behing, then put grease on all the contact points and re assembled, prob took like 45 minutes.
but glad to hear that i could help
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Also not sure if this helps but there's a service bulletin for a rear brake squeal, ford has updated the rear wheel cylinders, brake drums and shoes, here are the part #'s (6S4Z-2200-B) Shoe/Lining Brake Kit, (6S4Z-2261-AA) Wheel Cylinder, (8S4Z-1113-A) Brake Drum
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I had the same problem. They had to put weights on the brakeplate.
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Make sure you get the right grease. Wheel bearing grease will not work. There is a special type of grease for brakes that can withstand the extreme heat. Parts stores should sell this in a small packet for a buck and change. One packet should do it, but I'd probably get 2 if it was me.

I believe the proper name is "disc brake caliper grease", or it might be just "brake parts grease". The parts man should know what it is, if you get someone who appears confused- find someone else.
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