Back in June I posted a blog about replacing my rear drum breaks. Shortly after that post I discovered that one of my wheel cylinders was leaking brake fluid. I purchased two new cylinders from Geekparts for arount $15 each and on one Saturday it replaced the set. It took about 2 hours to complete.
Here is the leaking cylinder
The cylinder is held in place by two bolts accessible behind the wheel cylinder.
The new wheel cylinder about to be installed.
The new wheel cylinders come complete with internal pistons and bleed valve.
New wheel cylinder installed.
Brakes and cylinder installed.
This job is easy to do. The biggest challenge is removing the drum. Once removed, the brakes are held in place by a spring above the axle and metal tension rod below the axle.
Install the wheel drum before testing the brakes. If you don’t do that you could possibly push the pistons out of the cylinder and you’ll have wheel cylinder parts and brake fluid all over the brakes. I learned this lesson the hard way.
Don’t forget to bleed the rear brake lines before driving your car on the road.
I hope this helps you plan your wheel cylinder replacement project.