How to Remove Rear Drum Brakes on a Toyota Tundra
The Tundra is Toyota's most popular pickup truck. Known for its durability and reliability, the Tundra can often be used for several years without any brake work. Although the Tundra has front disk brakes, the rear brakes utilize the drum design, where the brake pads expand against the drum when the brake pedal is depressed to slow the truck down. Due to the weight of the Tundra, the rear brake pads generally need attention before the front disk brakes.
- Jack Jack stands Lug nut wrench Pliers
Place the Tundra's transmission into "Park" and release the emergency brake.
Raise the rear of the Tundra under the differential with a jack.
Support the back of the Tundra with jack stands. One jack stand should be placed underneath each rear axle.
Remove the wheel and tire assembly with a lug nut wrench.
Pull the brake drum off of the axle shaft to reveal the brake pads.
Locate the brake adjusting screw, which is a horizontal metal bar at the bottom of the brake assembly. Turn the adjusting screw with a screwdriver in a clockwise direction to release the pressure on the brake pads.
Pull each of the large springs in the brake assembly up and over the anchor pins that the springs attach to.
Remove the shoe hold-down springs with a pair of pliers. The two circular shoe hold-down springs are located on each side of the brake assembly. Grasp each spring with the pliers, then push into the spring while turning the spring in a counterclockwise direction to release each spring.
Pull the brake pads away from the brake assembly to complete the removal.