How do I remove the rear brakes from my 2005 Dodge Dakota? How do I collapse the rear shoes to get the drum off?


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Hi,First, here is a link that shows in general how drum brakes are replaced. It will be a good reference for you.https://www.bsci-ch.org/articles/how-to-replace-rear-brake-shoes-and-drumsHere are the directions specific to your vehicle. The attached pics correlate with the directions__________________________2005 Dodge or Ram Truck Dakota 4WD V6-3.7L VIN K ProceduresVehicle Brakes and Traction Control Drum Brake System Brake Shoe Service and Repair ProceduresPROCEDURESREAR BRAKE SHOESREMOVAL 1. Raise and support vehicle. 2. Remove wheel and tire assembly 3. Remove clip nuts securing brake drum to wheel studs. 4. Remove drum. If drum is difficult to remove, remove rear plug from access hole in support plate. Back-off self adjusting by inserting a thin screwdriver into access hole and push lever away from adjuster star wheel. Then insert an adjuster tool into brake adjusting hole rotate adjuster star wheel to retract brake shoes. 5. Vacuum brake components to remove brake lining dust.pic 16. Remove shoe return spring (3) with brake spring plier tool. 7. Remove adjuster spring and lever (5). Disengage lever from spring by sliding lever forward to clear pivot and work lever out from under spring.pic 2 8. Disengage and remove shoe return spring (1) from brake shoes. (3)pic 39. Remove brake shoe hold down clips (6).10. Remove rear brake shoe (7) from support plate (9).11. Remove front brake shoe (8) from support plate (9).12. Remove park brake lever (2) from the brake shoe.CLEANING Clean the individual brake components, including the support plate and wheel cylinder exterior, with a water dampened cloth or with brake cleaner. Do not use any other cleaning agents. Remove light rust and scale from the brake shoe contact pads on the support plate with fine sandpaper.INSTALLATION 1. Clean and inspect individual brake components. 2. Lubricate where the brake shoe contacts the support plate with high temperature grease or Lubriplate. 3. Lubricate adjuster screw socket, nut, button and screw thread surfaces with grease or Lubriplate.pic 44. Install parking brake lever (2) to the rear shoe (7) and install the hold down clip (6). 5. Install the adjuster strut (5) onto the shoes and park brake lever (2). 6. Install the front shoe (8) on support plate (9). and install the hold down clip (6). 7. Install the adjuster spring and lever (4) in the slot in the adjuster strut (7).pic 58. Install the lower return spring (1) to the shoes (3).pic 69. Verify adjuster operation. Pull both shoes outward to move the adjuster lever (4) to rotate the star wheel. Be sure adjuster lever properly engages star wheel teeth.10. Adjust brake shoes to drum with brake gauge.11.

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Install wheel and tire assembly.________________________________________I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.Take care and God Bless,Joe