What you will need:
- A new set of brake shoes and it is always a good idea to get a spring kit as well. I spent about $30 for pads and springs at the local parts store.
- Vise Grip
- Wire cutter
- Needle nose pliars
- Flat head screw driver
- Brake cleaner
- Jack the car up safely and remove wheel. If you have centering rings you will need to remove these as well.
- Pry the drum cover off. Most of the time it is pretty well pressed and rusted in so hammering between the studs a couple times is a good idea to loosen it up.
- Spray everything with brakleen
- Remove the adjuster spring with your pliars.
- Remove the large lower spring by prying one side out at a time with your flat head screwdriver.
- Remove the e-brake cable from the shoe. This takes a little handy work twisting it this way and that but it will finally come off.
- Grab the metal nut with your vise grips.
- With your wire cutters wedge the blades between the nut and the spring and push as far back as possible. Once you get as much compression on that spring as possible crimp down to hold in place but not cut the wire.Put the shoe bracket back on the e-brake cable as it was before. This may take a couple tries, but you will finally get it.
- Position the shoe on the wheel cylinder and put the lower spring in the shoe. Make sure the lower spring gets over the hook at the bottom of the drum (see picture).
- Install other shoe and the adjuster. Using the vise grip lock in place by installing the other side of the lower spring into the shoe.
- Replace adjuster spring.
- Pop the plugs in the back of the drum. There is one behind the adjuster and another behind the shoe without the bracket.
- Replace the drum cover. You may need to mess with both the position of the shoes by pushing in on the wheel cylinder as well as making adjustments to the adjuster.
- Pump the brakes a couple times to ensure the shoes are centered.
- Make necessary adjustments via the plug hole behind the adjuster to make sure the brakes aren't constantly pushing against the drum cover.
- Replace plug holes with new plugs from spring kit.