1998 – 2003 Mazda Protege
Vehicle In This Guide:
1999 Mazda Protege ES / 1.8L engine / 115,000 miles
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.
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).
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.<
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.
Installing The Rear Drum Brakes
1. You will have to move the adjuster back to account for the new brake shoes.
2. Before installing any new parts make sure to apply grease to these 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.