I am checking the rear brakes on my 97' Dakota, and found that one shoe is in decent shape but the other shoe is missing a part.
What might cause the problem? I don't want the replace the shoes then having the same problem again.
Thanks everyone for your kind advices. I guess I need to replace everything.
But most websites offer 2 options for drum brake parts on '97 Dakotas: 9" or 10".
So how do I find out if my brakes are 9 inches or 10 inches?
Just as everyone said, there is a sticker inside the glove box. It says the brake size is 9x2.5.
Thanks, you guys are the best!
Here are the pictures ... sorry forgot to take pictures of the side view but might do it another day.
The good shoe:
The bad shoe:
I've replaced the wheel cylinder and put in new brake shoes.
you are absolutely right. One side of the cylinder piston froze, it put the shoe in a permanent expanded position and that's why it's worn out.
On the other hand, the other shoe (toward the front) was rarely used because the spring on the crossmember bar was missing. Clearly the previous owner did a lousy brake job.
I am glad I fixed the brakes, the truck is much quieter now. But there were a few frustrating moments. If I had to do it again, I would've listened to other advices you guys gave me: invest in a flare nut wrench (3/8 size) for loosening the wheel cylinder; buy a drum brake spring tool.