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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seized Rear Drum Brakes: Repair Cost?

I just had my beater serviced and prepped for winter (studded winter tires put on). It's a 1996 Mazda B3000 RWD pickup with about 154,400 km. Inspection report said that the rear brake drums were seized...rear drums were stuck on as brake shoes had been over-adjusted and were rubbing even when not applied. Rear drums are over their maximum diameter. Recommend replacing. Rated 3.5/5 (5 is safety/hazardous and 1 is minor).

What is the rear drum replacement cost include parts and labour? Parts are like $100-$110 each drum (shoes?). $120 for labour (each or pair?). Total $400-$500 before tax???

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Also, noticed that the tires still have lotsa tread (BFG All Terrain T/A KO), but are dated in late 2004.....7 years old. Cost for replacement tires is $600-$700. Ouch!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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$400 - $500 sounds reasonable to me, to have someone do it for you.

Just so you know, that's potentially a DIY project, if you've got the time and inclination. Pretty easy if you're just replacing everything. While you're at it, I'd replace the brake cylinders, flex hoses and replace all the old brake fluid. It's an older truck, and if you're going to keep it, no sense working on it twice. Call a few places like NAPA and Canadian Tire to price out the parts. The nice thing about these older trucks is they're easy to work on, and parts are usually cheap and easy to get.

Re: tires
If the rubber is in good condition, then I wouldn't replace them. Have a good look at the sidewalls and the shoulders of the treads for cracks. A few cracks will be normal, just as long as they're not particularly long or deep enough to go down into the fabric plies. Seven years for tires isn't that bad, if they haven't been baking in the sun in the Mojave desert.

I think a lot of repair places just go by the book and reccomend replacing all sorts of things that don't necessarily need to replacing. It's not that they're being dishonest, so much as erring on the side of (over-)caution. And if it results in more sales for them, then that's a bonus (for them).

It's a sixteen year old truck, so I assume it's paid for itself. Keep it that way!

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the reply.

I am not that handy for DIY.....top up fluids, torque nuts on wheels, install soft tonneau cover are about my limits. I just want to keep the truck running in a safe manner. Probably sell it in early 2012. A friend of mine has been eyeing it for the past while....don't want to sell it in an unsafe manner either. I will get another auto repair shop to look at and we will see if there is a consensus on the drums.

I don't plan to get a new set of tires...but I may have to account for them (in part) when I sell the truck.

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