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Old 06-22-2008, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default Exploded view 03 brakes

Does anyone have any exploded view pictures of the 03 rear drum brakes?
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Exploded view 03 brakes

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Does anyone have any exploded view pictures of the 03 rear drum brakes?

I looked at a few sites ( that normally have good exploded views and could not find anything.............
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Default Photos of 2004 rear brakes

Not exactly what you asked for but perhaps this will help. Here are two photos of the left side rear brakes on a 2004 AWD V6 Vue. These photos were taken at 53K miles. I disassembled the brakes to do an inspection and repair the bleeder valve on the wheel cylinder. I wanted to change the brake fluid and the left rear bleeder valve screw was frozen. I had to drill it out and replace it. A pair of bleeder valves from Saturn cost about $25. The rear brake cylinder from Saturn is priced at nearly $130. Aftermarket they run between $16 and $60 but no one seems to stock them.

Removing the rear drums was especially difficult. The problem seems to be that the drums wear at a faster rate than the shoes. So it is difficult to back off the adjusting screw enough to clear the ridge on the edge of the drum which has a thick coating of rust on it.

The maximum diameter of the inside of the drums is 251.5 mm. Mine are at 250 mm. I think they will last another 10K to 20K miles. The shoes I saw at the auto store with zero miles looked about the same as mine with 53K miles. Mine are a bit beat up from dragging the drums off of them, but, I think they will probably still work okay.

Only regret is that I did not unloosen the bleeder valve once a year or so to lessen the chance of freezing up.
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