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post #16 of 20 Old 05-18-2019, 05:24 PM
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Thumbs down 150-200k

A inspection should be made at 150-200,ooo miles. Sooner if any symptoms appear as noted by others.

It's total stupidity to wait till steel on steel destroys all usable parts. Common sense dictates when pad depth is low replace drum pads.

Only those folks with obsessive compulsive disorder seek to replace entire systems. However, it would be prudent to change both sides in the event of any singular part failure.

Old american saying : "iffin it ain't broke why replace a good part??"
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Well at least an inspection seems to be in order and that will tell what needs to go. My initial tendency is to replace anything close to failing in a system that will last 10 years and has been in use at least that long. I don't want to spend $350 on a brake job only to leave the cylinders in and then have them fail in a year when they could have been proactively replaced for minimal additional charge at the time of the service. The mechanic who runs the shop doing the inspection didn't want to recommend replacing the entire system without first seeing it but he did understand not wanting to come back in for another failed part in the brakes next year when it could have been done all at once.

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if you live in a salty/winter area, the odds are that everything will have to be replaced after 100,000 miles of use, as they'll all be totally rusted out (BTDT)

springs, back plate, drum, parking brake cables and possibly their levers too, shoe retaining parts

at that point, replacing the rear cylinders due to concern for leaking seals shortly after everything else has been replaced, is just being practical


However, to the folks who live in rust free areas, it would be simple to make an argument for replacing only the shoes, as they'd be the only parts worn.


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However, to the folks who live in rust free areas, it would be simple to make an argument for replacing only the shoes, as they'd be the only parts worn.
Keep in mind how drum brake cylinders work. The actuating portion of these are nothing more than expanding rubber or elastomer cups pushed out in both directions by brake fluid pressure. And keep in mind that brake fluid is hygroscopic -- ambient moisture in the air infiltrates it, encouraging rust along the bore of the cylinder. Rubber that's 27 years old, rubbing back and forth on an increasingly abrasive bore... it's not OCD that suggests that it's time to replace them.

We're talking about things -- wheel cylinders -- that (Rock Auto) run from $3.76 to $17.47 each. That's 2-4 cups of Starbucks coffee.

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