Replacement of Parking Brake Shoes on 2003 Ram 1500
Hello Fellow Ram Maniacs!
Any other than me had their Parking Brake Shoes replace on their Ram that has four wheel disc brakes? Notice a month ago I was not getting any "holding" when I applied the parking brake, I do used it all the time... moral is never use it or use it all the time, which I do. Seems this is a very time consuming repair, it's not just the brake shoes, no... you have to remove the tire/rim, brake rotor as the parking brake shoes uses the inside the hub of the rear rotor for the parking brake shoes... follow me so far? Well to get to the actually brake shoes for replacement you have to pull the axles, so now we are talking time... 3 quarts of gear lube, posi-traction additive and hell at this point why not replace the seals... YEP, my '03 owned since NEW it was a no-brainer, at this point a few more $$ means not having to do it sometime in the near future. I am now 57, survived Melanoma (2013) and have my local repair shop do the whole job and was billed $530... Yeah, I could have used the other type of parking brake, rock behind the rear wheels... but I still love my ride so much, I'm not afraid to send the $$... cost less than a monthly payment. Look at my photos and you have to agree it's the right thing to do.
Any for you who want to tackle the job shade-tree style, figure 4-5 hours to do the complete job. Oh, and used silicone gear grease in the rear. OEM recommended.