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Mazda Protege Replacing Rear Drum Brakes

Vehicle Info:

  • 1999 Mazda Protege ES
  • ~115,00 miles
  • Automatic Transmission

Removing The Drums And Shoes

1. Once you have the wheel removed you will have to take out the screws that hold the drum to the wheel hub. Be careful with these because they are easy to strip. Don't bother using a screw driver - get yourself a socket and carefully remove the screw. We stripped two of our screws and had to drill them out to continue. Once the screws are removed grab a BIG hammer and give the drum a couple of good whacks to free it from the hub. mazda protege removing the rear drum brakes

2. With the drum removed you will want to start by removing the top return spring and bottom return spring (1). Finally remove the holding pin and spring by twisting the pin (2). protege drum springs

3. With all of the springs removed you can now remove the leading shoe. Continue by removing the adjuster that is held by a spring as well.< mazda protege leading shoe

4. With the adjuster out of the way remove the spring that holds the emergency brake lever. Continue by removing the c-clip that holds the trailing shoe to the emergency brake lever. With the c-clip gone you can now remove the trailing shoe. mazda protege trailing shoe

Installing The Rear Drum Brakes

1. You will have to move the adjuster back to account for the new brake shoes. mazda protege rear drum adjuster

2. Before installing any new parts make sure to apply grease to these points.< protege rear brake grease points

3. Install the trailing shoe and secure with the c-clip. Also install the spring that holds the emergency brake lever. Finally install the holding pin and spring to keep the trailing shoe from moving.

4. Install the adjuster.

5. Install the leading shoe and the holding pin and spring.

6. Install both of the return springs.

7. You may have to move the adjuster back a little more to create room for the drum.

Comments

Steve Gentry 02-18-2014 17:55
Thanks for posting that, it was very helpful.
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Artem Vestsorov 02-19-2014 18:47
Man, this was one of the very first guides that I did. Glad someone is still finding it useful.
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KcarlosK 03-13-2014 23:31
Just changed the brake shoes on my 2003 protege. Thanks for walking me through it. One question though, my parking brake doesnt seem to grab at all. I tried going in reverse pumping the parking brake and do noticeable difference? Can you shed any light on readjustment?

Thanks again!
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Artem Vestsorov 03-16-2014 21:46
I would take off one of the drums and make sure that all of the springs are correctly installed. Pull the e-brake and see if the shoe moved at all.. If it did move but is still not grabbing then you will need to adjust the shoes.
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KcarlosK 03-25-2014 16:49
I changed the radiator belt, and noticed that when I turned on the air conditioner, the three components on this other belt began to turn slow, even intermittently stop rotating, including the AC. I bought the car at an auction two weeks ago and really have not used the car or the AC much. Even or especially if I rev it up, the wheels of the pully on all three even slow to a crawl even stop for a second or two before it may start to turn again?

Im not sure if this is what actually happens but, is it possible for the main pulley (Harmonic Balancer) to stop turning for a second or so while the car is running?

Since then, when I try to start the car, it sounds like a steady turning sound but not like it is engaging the engine? It sounds like the same sound I once heard when a timing belt had broken on another? I mistakenly decided it was a torn timing belt. As I removed the valve cover I could see the belt looked almost new and as I turned the Harmonic balance, both cams turned. Belt had all teeth and looked great. so would the starter make a noise like that? Please help with any suggestions on what I could check. Thanks again, Carlos

Do you have any Idea what it may be? I added some sealer and lubricant to the AC line to see it that would help because it only does it when AC is on. Thanks in advanced. kcarlosk
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Artem Vestsorov 03-25-2014 23:43
The harmonic balancer is attached to the crankshaft. The only way it would stop rotating is if the bolt that secures it is loose AND the key is broken or damaged. Rare, but it does happen.

I have no idea what you mean by a radiator belt. There are two belts - one for the alternator & water pump and one for the A/C & power steering.

If you see the three pulleys stop turning then the belt could be slipping or the harmonic balancer is not turning. Take the belt off and rotate the A/C pulley and power steering pulley by hand and make sure they rotate easily. A/C compressors have been known to seize. Then inspect the harmonic balancer and make sure the bolt is tight.
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KcarlosK 03-26-2014 02:08
Duh... sorry about the "radiator belt" thing, as I meant Alternator ... The bolt to the harmonic balancer is on there very tight. I'll be diving back in tomorrow morning to make sure. The compressor pulley does turn freely but not sure how it would turn with clutch engaged. Shouldn't make a difference, right? Thanks for your response and suggestions AV, I'll keep you posted.
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KcarlosK 03-26-2014 16:55
Quoting KcarlosK:
Duh... sorry about the "radiator belt" thing, as I meant Alternator ... The bolt to the harmonic balancer is on there very tight. I'll be diving back in tomorrow morning to make sure. The compressor pulley does turn freely but not sure how it would turn with clutch engaged. Shouldn't make a difference, right? Thanks for your response and suggestions AV, I'll keep you posted.


Okay, I checked the Harmonic balancer pully and found that the outer portion that the belt rides on turns independently of center part with the bolt in center? Is it supposed to do this? really confused now!!
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Artem Vestsorov 03-26-2014 17:52
It is not supposed to do that. It is a single unit and everything should rotate as one. Nothing to be confused about - you have a bad pulley. Replace that and you should be good to go.
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kcarlosk 03-29-2014 14:25
Quoting Artem Vestsorov:
It is not supposed to do that. It is a single unit and everything should rotate as one. Nothing to be confused about - you have a bad pulley. Replace that and you should be good to go.


Lucky for me I found a used one locally off a protege that was totalled at 30K mi for $25,...so far so good, I found the cam marks were not as illustrated in a You tube video so figured it had slipped off timing. I aligned the Crank at top dead center half moon mark with marker on engine and lined up this two points originally before I started turning it, I would hate to put back together and not be right. Do you have / can direct me to site that show (pics) exactly which marks need to align for my specific protege?
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