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    1992 DeVille Brake Issue

    I have a 92 DeVille w/ 68,000 miles. Today as I was driving home, the break pedal seemed to give a lot more than usual and I had to pump the breaks to come to a stop. Parked in space and noticed after some time a puddle of break fluid by my rear drivers side tire. Took off tire and couldn't see any leaks in the hoses but can definitely see fluid leaking inside of the drum.
    Anyways, going to shop this week to get brake job done on both rears but was wondering what I should get. Don't know a whole lot about drum breaks but they are very rusty, will I need to get a new set of drums and shoes or will just shoes be fine and have them clean the drums?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dustin

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    Re: 1992 DeVille Brake Issue

    Why not just convert to disc?

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    Re: 1992 DeVille Brake Issue

    That never crossed my mind, if I did that I would have to get a whole new set up which would include what? What about the parking break? I read that the reason why there are drum breaks are b/c they're cheaper and require less parts for the p break.

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    Re: 1992 DeVille Brake Issue

    I'm not really sure what that would require and it may not be worth it just due to the conversion cost.

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    Re: 1992 DeVille Brake Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Sporty883 View Post
    will I need to get a new set of drums and shoes or will just shoes be fine and have them clean the drums?
    Most likely a wheel cylinder has failed. Replace them on both sides. The drums will likely need to be turned. If they are out of spec they will need to be replaced. The shoes that got fluid soaked will have to be replaced and, as with tires, it is standard practice to replace both sides at the same time.

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    Re: 1992 DeVille Brake Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by NickySantoro View Post
    The shoes that got fluid soaked will have to be replaced and, as with tires.
    Replace the tire? Why is this necessary, can't I just clean the inside of the tire/rim?

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    Re: 1992 DeVille Brake Issue

    Sorry for any misunderstanding. When you replace tires you would normally want to replace them in pairs at least. The same applies to the wheel cylinders in question. I was drawing an analogy between wheel cylinders and tires. You certainly don't need to replace any tires due to this.

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