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Changing brake cylinder
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Quick question; is it possible to change the rear brake cylinder without dismantling the brake shoes. i.e. slip the shoes off the cylinder, change it and then slip them back on?

Apologies if this is a stupid question Big Grin
2003 Berlingo 1.9D HL van.
Ex Forestry Commission.
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#2
It's possible, but I find it easier to take the shoes off. If they are contaminated with fluid, they will need replacing anyway
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#3
Why waste an opportunity to do some worthwhile maintenance while you have the access.
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#4
Because whenever I take brake shoes off the replacing of them entails a lot of swearing and the pinging of springs all over the garage. That is if I can actually work out or remember where they were from in the first place. Big Grin

The shoes aren't contaminated. It is a very small and recent leak.
2003 Berlingo 1.9D HL van.
Ex Forestry Commission.
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(11-12-2015, 07:08 PM)Nicepix Wrote:  That is if I can actually work out or remember where they were from in the first place. Big Grin

Digital camera or mobile phone helps enormously here ...........
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(11-12-2015, 07:16 PM)geoff Wrote:  
(11-12-2015, 07:08 PM)Nicepix Wrote:   That is if I can actually work out or remember where they were from in the first place.  Big Grin

  Digital camera or mobile phone helps enormously here ...........

Tried that. Still got the picture. But it doesn't show what is at the back Big Grin

Its all those self-adjusting bits and those little caps you have to compress over the springs while holding the pin in place at the back and PING!! Now where's it gone?
2003 Berlingo 1.9D HL van.
Ex Forestry Commission.
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#7
eurocarparts   has a tool (@£6.00 ) just for the washers on spring retainers. I used to have one until somebody thought they needed it more than me.  Ideal for doing them awkward blighters
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#8
It is easy to remove the slave cylinders without removing the brake shoes just adjust the shoes out replace cylinder then reset the adjusters on the shoes.

However if you find it difficult to replace brake shoes do you think you really want to tackle changing the wheel cylinders?
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(11-12-2015, 08:05 PM)brodfather11 Wrote:  eurocarparts   has a tool (@£6.00 ) just for the washers on spring retainers. I used to have one until somebody thought they needed it more than me.  Ideal for doing them awkward blighters

(11-12-2015, 09:10 PM)polar Wrote:  It is easy to remove the slave cylinders without removing the brake shoes just adjust the shoes out replace cylinder then reset the adjusters on the shoes.

However if you find it difficult to replace brake shoes do you think you really want to tackle changing the wheel cylinders?

Brake cylinders don't have springs. And there is only one part to worry about Wink
2003 Berlingo 1.9D HL van.
Ex Forestry Commission.
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I just use my fingers to hold / push / turn the spring retainers, you lot need more Weetabix !!!!!!!!
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