NISSAN Pictures of how I fixed the brakes on my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.

Brake shoes and brake bleed.

Brakes are weak. Not necessarily spongy or air in the lines, just weak brakes. New brake pads and shoes should fix that.

Also the front disks are scored pretty bad, so I should get those turned or just replace the disks.

Also I have to take the hubs off the front to change the disks, so might as well repack the hub bearings.

Also I might as well bleed the brakes and put in new fluid while I'm in there.

So a 30 minute job turned into 3 days pretty quick.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. I decided to start with the brake shoes on the rear drum brakes, because that is the easiest job. I remembered to chock the front wheel.

  2. But I forgot to release the parking brake! Sweet Jesus my truck is dirty.

  3. Leaving the brake on makes it hard to pull the drum. Puller should not really be necessary.

  4. Brakes are worn unevenly, and one shoe is really thin. The circle in the middle of each shoe is a spring. Grabbed the end with a pliers and turned to release the clip holding it in.

  5. Then the shoe not attached to the emergency brake, on the right here, just twists out, and I unclupped the springs on top and bottom. The shoe on the left was attached to the parking brake cable. Easy to unlip, just held in by a spring at the bottom. Top middle is a self adjusting spacer.

  6. The parking brake bracket is held in with this soft metal circlip. Pliers and patience and fury got that off with nuckles intact.
    parking brake circlip

  7. I cleaned the parking brake adjustable spacer with a wire brush and regreased.

  8. and I reused the circlip on the new brake shoe. I will try to get a new one next time, it looks a bit trashed.

  9. And I put the new shoes in one at a time, parking brake bracket first. There are jack stands holding up the axle, the jack is redundant. The first side took me 4 hours and the second side took 40 minutes. Well, it felt like that anyway. I have no data to back that up.

  10. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  11. Then I finished my beer.

Also front hubs, disks, pads, and brake bleed in the menu on the left.

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