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captaink2

damaged brake shoe retainer spring on rear disc removal

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Hi All,

It was all going so well, i was on my way to replacing brake pads and discs on all four wheels....As soon as i got to the rear set i missed the step which tweaks the adjustment fixture behind the disc to release for easy removal of the disc. Instead i forced the issue and now the two retainer springs (one on each brake shoe) are loose and not holding the shoes in place with enough force. Im assuming i can simply replace these and readjust the parking brake after?

Is there anything else that could have been affected....how would i test that?

Any comments much appreciated.

Thanks!

car is a 2002 (996) carrera 4 - 3.6L

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Hi All,

It was all going so well, i was on my way to replacing brake pads and discs on all four wheels....As soon as i got to the rear set i missed the step which tweaks the adjustment fixture behind the disc to release for easy removal of the disc. Instead i forced the issue and now the two retainer springs (one on each brake shoe) are loose and not holding the shoes in place with enough force. Im assuming i can simply replace these and readjust the parking brake after?

Is there anything else that could have been affected....how would i test that?

Any comments much appreciated.

Thanks!

car is a 2002 (996) carrera 4 - 3.6L

I think there are four springs total:

* two short tensions springs across the bottom, 997 352 721 01

* one long tension spring at the top, 997 352 723 02

* and the two compression springs, which it sounds like are the ones you stretched

- I think they are 997-352-741-01

Other than the shoes, the adjuster at the top and the lock thing at the bottom, that is about it. Not much to break. I bet you are OK except for the stretched springs. I assume you stretched them enough that the shoes are hanging a bit loose?

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I think there are four springs total:

* two short tensions springs across the bottom, 997 352 721 01

* one long tension spring at the top, 997 352 723 02

* and the two compression springs, which it sounds like are the ones you stretched

- I think they are 997-352-741-01

Other than the shoes, the adjuster at the top and the lock thing at the bottom, that is about it. Not much to break. I bet you are OK except for the stretched springs. I assume you stretched them enough that the shoes are hanging a bit loose?

You are spot on, they are hanging a little. Cant wait to contact Porsche in the morning after the easter weekend and get hold of a pair.

Thanks very much for the help.

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I think there are four springs total:

* two short tensions springs across the bottom, 997 352 721 01

* one long tension spring at the top, 997 352 723 02

* and the two compression springs, which it sounds like are the ones you stretched

- I think they are 997-352-741-01

Other than the shoes, the adjuster at the top and the lock thing at the bottom, that is about it. Not much to break. I bet you are OK except for the stretched springs. I assume you stretched them enough that the shoes are hanging a bit loose?

You are spot on, they are hanging a little. Cant wait to contact Porsche in the morning after the easter weekend and get hold of a pair.

Thanks very much for the help.

I broke these same springs by putting too long of wheel bolts without my spacer by accident.

Have you called the dealer yet? $30 per spring for something that could only cost $.50 in any real world. I went to Autozone and asked to look at their hardware packages for drum brakes and the second one I picked up had retainer springs that fit perfectly. The pack with 4 retainer springs and a bunch of other springs was $8.50.

When you install them, I highly recommend you use a mirror of some kind (I used a dental one) to make sure the hook part of the spring is properly seated in the grove in the hub carrier. Otherwise they could pop out and that's not good.

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Wish i had seen this post earlier.....i did end up buying the springs from the local Porsche dealer and it did cost a ridiculous amount. I also agree with your comment about the dental mirror....it was a real pain to make sure the went in properly.

Appreciate the advice, my pride and joy is road worthy once again!

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