Rear drum brakes suck. That is why I only do one side at a time... always nice to have one to look at that isn't in 20 pieces.
hate to admit this... but if I found that piece on completion it would go into the trash. Rear brakes are only good for the parking brake anyway. now if you had a spring left over that would be a different story.
Rear brakes do a LOT more than the parking brake. They keep you from fishtailing. If you only use front brakes, and have the engine still spinning the rear tires, they're going to want to naturally go to the left or right to get around the front tires. It's dangerous and unstable.
That piece holds things in place. Without it, they could come lose and either seize your brakes,or cause them to come apart. I'd take the hour or so it takes to pull them apart and put it back in. Brakes are so important.
I agree though, do one rear brake at a time so you can always look at the other one when putting them back together.
I (unfortunately) have the dubious distinction of being good at drum brakes - even though they’re a PITA. My old 66 Mustang had four wheel drums and no brake booster. If you didn’t have them operating in perfect harmony with each other you would die. So I got pretty good at them.
Not really a section for this so chose to post this in Nobbie section. If mods think it belongs elsewhere please move it.
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