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.
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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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.
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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