Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for mechanics and DIY enthusiast owners of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

My 2000 trackers rear brake cylinder blew. The mechanic also said among the parts needed was something I can't remember the name of. It was bent and therefore comprimised. He said it is not easy to locate in the parts stores. It looks almost like a wrench but is not the spacer. Can anyone tell me what the name of it is?

share|improve this question
Does this vehicle have disc or drum brakes? – Bob Cross Feb 16 '12 at 19:25

From your description the part you need is the rear shoe spreader.It is a flat piece of metal that is part of the mechanism that actuates your parking brake.It can be difficult to locate because it has no moving parts and lasts forever unless the rear shoes wear so much that the wheel cylinders over extend and faile.The shoes moved so far out that the spreader fell out of position and most likely wedged between the shoes and the drums.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.