Disassemble the rear disc brake in the order described in the previous article

Hang up the caliper without disassembling it and secure it with wire

Check if the brake hose is tight.

Release the parking brake lever (or pedal) and remove the rear brake disc.


Toyota Camry parking brake mechanism replacement

fig. 2. Adjusting the position of the brake pads

If the brake disc is difficult to remove, turn the adjusting gear until the brake disc turns easily (fig. 1).

fig. 3. Measuring the inner diameter of the brake drum

Measure the inner diameter of the brake drum (fig. 3).

If the drum has scratches, mechanical damage or increased wear, then it can be bored to the maximum allowable inner diameter

Standard diameter: 170 mm

Maximum allowed: 171 mm

fig. 4. Release the return springs

Release the parking brake shoe return springs (fig. 4)

fig. 5. Removing the Parking Brake Adjustment Screws

Remove the parking brake pad adjustment screws (fig. 5.)

Remove the spacer plate along with the spring.

Remove the retainer spring, spring seats and retainer.

Disconnect the return spring and remove the front shoe

Pull back the rear shoe.

Remove the return spring from the rear shoe.

Remove the retainer spring, spring seats and retainer.

Disconnect the parking brake cable from the parking brake lever

fig. 6. Removing the parking brake lever

Remove the lock washer and the parking brake lever (fig. 6).


Check the removed parts for wear, rust, or damage.

fig.7. Measuring brake pad thickness

Measure the thickness of the brake pads (fig. 7).

Standard thickness: 2.0 mm

Minimum allowed: 1.0 mm

If the thickness of the pads is less than the minimum or they have uneven wear, replace the brake pads.

If even one brake pad needs to be replaced, the entire set must be replaced.

fig. 8. Checking the fit of the brake pads to the brake drum

Check the fit of the brake shoe lining to the drum (fig. 8).

If the contact between the working surfaces is poor, either grind the pads or replace the brake pads.

fig. 9. Zaz measurement gap between brake shoe and parking brake lever

Using a feeler gauge, measure the clearance between the brake shoe and the parking brake lever (fig. 9).

Maximum allowable gap: 0.35 mm.

If the gap is not within specifications, select the correct thickness of the shim according to the data in the table


Reassemble in the reverse order of disassembly.

Apply high temperature grease to the parts indicated by the arrow in the assembly drawing.

Adjust the parking brake pad clearance.

Temporarily install the wheel nuts and remove the plug.

Turn the adjuster to spread the pads apart until they block the disc.

fig. 10. Checking the correct installation of the brake discs

Check that all components are installed correctly (Fig. 10).

While driving the vehicle at low speed on a dry, clean and level road, pull the parking brake lever so that the pads are pressed against the drum.

Make sure the pads are lapped in.

Check and adjust the parking brake lever travel.