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Old 30 Apr 2014, 10:05 am
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Default When to change the rear drum brakes?

06 touring, now 93000 miles,

the front discs were changed by former owner.

I don't think the rear drums were changed.

So when is the time to change the rear drum brakes?
Is there a signal that indicates it is time to change it ?

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Old 30 Apr 2014, 11:38 am
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Default Re: When to change the rear drum brakes?

Normally they will start making noise. The rears take much longer to wear then the fronts.
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Old 30 Apr 2014, 12:10 pm
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Default Re: When to change the rear drum brakes?

I just changed mine at 104,000 miles. They still looked like they had life left in them, they looked half good. I wanted to start fresh since the hardware was rusty. I also didn't think I was getting good braking out of them. I found a stuck wheel cylinder on one side, and the pins were very rusty. I also changed the drums. I have much better braking now.

If they look fine when you inspect them, and they work well you could continue to use them. If they have never been changed though, I would probably change them.

I think 104,000 miles is good out of original brakes. Change them and be assured they work as good as they can.
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Old 30 Apr 2014, 12:24 pm
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Default Re: When to change the rear drum brakes?

Fronts do about 80% of the braking.
My rule of thumb (based on nothing scientific at all) is to change rears every other front change (Fronts twice as often).
Some people are way harder on brakes than other people, so mileage is not the only measure....
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Old 01 May 2014, 03:17 pm
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Default Re: When to change the rear drum brakes?

Thanks.

Is there a way to inspect the condition of the rear drum brake without openning the drum?
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Default Re: When to change the rear drum brakes?

Take the drums off and visually check them. Trying to save a few $ will end with costing a tow. Rust will push the lining off metal frame and your wheel will lock up when you least expect it.
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