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Old 03-11-2008, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Accent Drum Brake Tools are they special

I replaced my rear shoes on my 2002 accent and the brake tools I've used for 20 years, on other cars, were too big for this tiny stuff. Does anyone sell brake tools for this little stuff. I could barely get a finger between shoe and hub to put hold down spring on. I held the spring holder down with my thumbs (ouch) while my wife turned the shaft with long nose pliers. I'm not kidding, this was the hardest drum brake shoe replacement I have ever done. I went to Autozone and their brake tools were like mine, TOO BIG! Help, I need my fingers.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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two long screwdrivers and safety glasses were my specialty tools
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 99 Accent and I just removed the hub and the job was much easier. I put the springs on the shoes before I mounted them on the backing plate.
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Sorry to hijack but where did you get your rear brake pads? I got 2003 but it should be the same one?
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Dealer, years ago I bought brake shoes from local auto parts store and they came unglued and locked the wheel. I only buy brake pads & shoes from the dealer now. I've never had a problem with dealer shoes coming unglued. I got 60k on orig pads and 90k on rear shoes before I had to replace them.
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I adjust the rear shoes on my 99 accent (similar design to the 2002) with a screw driver, a couple of parts of a turn at a time. Servicing is fairly easy as well. No special tools needed.
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I appreciate your comment. The brakes are done, I have other Accents, and was hoping other ASE mechanics would know of a special tool for the hold down springs. I think I will try taking hub off next time like was suggested. My hold down tool is so large it doesn't fit between edge of shoe and hub. So removing the hub might be the easier route. Thanks to everyone for their comments. GREAT SITE!
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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im not an ase mechanic. but i work in a shop. i just used 2 people
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Be aware that ASE is a primarily USA based certification - you will likely not find Canadian, European or Asian technicians that are ASE certified, as in these markets it means very very little.

The number 1 and number 2 Globally tested and rated Hyundai technicians are Chinese and Canadian respectively. USA scored midpack from what I recall of the results in Korea.
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Quote:
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Help, I need my fingers.
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If it's too hard, you need a bigger hammer!
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