I am trying to change the rear brake shoes on my 1999 Ford Ranger. I get the tire off and then try to pull off the brake drum but it's stuck. I consult Haynes and I am supposed to do this:
I've tried doing that. There are a few problems though:
- You need a to hold a focused flashlight with one hand, a flathead screwdriver with another, and a brake adjusting tool with your third hand.
- The service port is extremely small. You cannot see what you are doing.
- They don't sell that special tool at either of the parts stores I went to.
- The rear axle is where your forehead needs to be. There is no elbow room.
- I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to be doing. Make the star gear that is at a 90 degree angle to the 10mm tall service port rotate up by jabbing at it while using a flathead screwdriver to release the lock even though I can't see what I'm doing and have no way of telling if I'm making progress.
I'm no professional but this seems to be astonishingly poorly engineered. The service port should be bolted on so when you need to work on it you can reach in with your hand or a line wrench. Honestly part of why I'm having a hard time is believing that they are asking me to do something so dumb.
They really did design it that way and I really am supposed to release the tension by figuring out how to get that gear to rotate up? I've done the head gasket, pulled the oil pan, and pulled the transmission on this truck but I don't know if I'm going to be able to do this. I'm a little bit angry.