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How do you replace rear brakes on 99 Hyundai Accent?


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November 17, 2010 10:37PM

Replacing the rear brakes on a 99 Accent is not hard but takes some patience.

1) Block front wheels, place rear of car on jack stand and remove rear tires.

2) Ensure Emergency brake handle is in the down position. (off)

3) The drums can be removed now but may require some persuasion. 2 main things can happen to prevent removing of the drum easily. The first is rust between the hub and and drum. A few taps with a hammer around the edge and on the face of the drum will usually break it free. If not you may have to hit the face where the tire mounts to with a bit more force. Watch for the drum to wiggle. If this still does not work you will see a couple of threaded holes in the face of the drum. They will be metric thread, most likely 6mm x 1mm pitch. You can find these bolts right on the car. At each door there is a bolt holding the check stop to the frame. use them and replace when done. Take a couple of spare bolts and thread them into the brake drum and they will push against the hub pushing the drum off. It most likely will not just fall off. If you can see the drum wiggle but it won't come off it is hung up on the brake shoes. As the drum wear through normal use it the shoes wear a groove into the drum a leave a ridge that the shoes get caught on. I have always been able to get the drum past the shoes with a little gentle prying.

Take a close look at the brake assembly brfore taking it apart. Take a picture of several with a digital camera from several angles. Do one side at a time.

First take a look at your new shoes, they are not all the same. You will notice the lining is in a different position. This is on purpose, it helps the shoe grab the drum, honest.

Now look at the old shoes on the car and match the new shoes with the old and keep track of where the new shoes go. Front vs Rear.

Now look at the springs, you have 3 diffrent springs, 2 long and 1 shorter.

One of the longer springs is just under the Wheel cylinder, the other is down at the bottom and the third is on the self adjuster. Note the spring under the wheel cylinder is wound with a very unique pattern. It is not symmetrical. Note it's orientation, make a sketch, take a picture. Note the position of the other 2 spings and how they attach to the shoes and in which hole they attach.

You can now remove the springs by grasping one end with a paior of needle nose pliers or a proper brake tool and extend the spring slightly and pull the hooked end out of the hole in the shoe. Does not matter which end or top of bottom first.

Npw that the three spings are out out the shoes are held in place by a retainer spring on each. The retainer consists of a pin that looks much like a nail with one end flattened a bit. The head is on the backside of the brake assembly, goes through a hole in the back plate, goes through a hole in the brake shoe, a sping is placed over the pin pushing on the shoe, then a small dimpled disc is attached to hole the spring against the shoe, thus holding the show in place. The disc has a slot in it, you push tip of the pin (nail) through the disc, turn the disc 90 degrees and the tip of pin will seat into the disc. The easy way to get this to work is to use a pair of vise grip needle nose pliers and grasp the disc by the edges with the concave side facing towards the pliers. With one had reach behind the brake assembly and hold the head of the pin steady and get the rotation of the pin so you can push against the spring with the gripped disc and rotate the disc so you can lock it in place. It may be worth a couple of tries without the spring so you can get the idea. More later