Hi guys I had my rear drum brakes replaced about a month ago. All new hardware, shoes, drums.

Now my rear passenger ones are making a clicking noise at very low speeds.

Took the drum off to examine and noticed the front left shoe retaining clip could be moved with my hand with a fair amount of force but not strong arming it. The other shoe didn't have the same movement .

Now my question is, how tight should the shoes be held in place to the backing plate? Should the spring and clip be able to slide around with a fair amount of force from your hand or do they need to be held in pretty solid? drum

Update: Examined both sides at same time and only difference I could see was the bottom return springs weren't hooked up the same (hook ends are reversed) would that cause a click click sound? I've narrowed down the noise to the passenger side and that's the bottom half of the pic2

  • If the shoe is in a bind, it will be harder to rotate the retainer clip, remove the drum and they should move freely. It does not matter if they can move, all they do is keep the brake shoe retainer pin from falling out and keep the brake shoe from moving out of place.
    – Moab
    Aug 29, 2016 at 0:56
  • But are they supposed to be held in place pretty firmly or doesn't matter? Trying to determine if that's what's causing the clicking noise I've been hearing from the rear brakes
    – ohmmy
    Aug 29, 2016 at 0:58
  • All they do is keep the shoes in place during assembly. Clicking can be caused by out of round or warped drums, have them turned on on a brake lathe or replace them.
    – Moab
    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:01
  • Definitely as Moab stated. The clip is just there to hold it together. It should be firm but allow for movement. The brake shoes have to move in order to work correctly. Aug 29, 2016 at 1:38
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    @SteveRacer I greased the three points behind the shoes on the backing plate today. Didn't do much still makes the click noise. My ebrake stops clicking around 4-5 clicks but the brakes make a creak noise as little as 1 click when engaging. How should they be adjusted exactly? I've tried turning star wheel so drum just barely drags
    – ohmmy
    Aug 31, 2016 at 1:01


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