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    CL 350 Rear Brake question

    The wheel is off, the pads in the brake look good and the bearings seem to be in good shape so far. I want to clean and polish the wheel. Do you clean inside where the brake pads touch? Also what happens if soap or water gets in there?

    I am used to disc brakes, first drum one.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Crashoverride View Post
    The wheel is off, the pads in the brake look good and the bearings seem to be in good shape so far. I want to clean and polish the wheel. Do you clean inside where the brake pads touch? Also what happens if soap or water gets in there?

    I am used to disc brakes, first drum one.



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    No worries on soap and water, just so you don't leave the drum wet and it rusts. As far as the shoes are concerned (and in the case of drum brakes, they are shoes - pads for disc brakes), the most critical thing is how old they are because if for some reason they are original, no matter what they look like it would be wise to replace them. The linings come unbonded easily from the metal frames of the shoes after a lot of years, probably due to corrosion of the aluminum frames of the shoes, and it can be a dangerous situation. If they have the small "Hm" or "Ask" on them, they very well could be original
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    Thanks, I will take some pictures tomorrow. Dealers still get these shoes do you know?



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    You can order replacement shoes from many sources, but I doubt a Honda dealer would have them in stock. It's a good idea to take some sandpaper to the iron lining that's inside the brake hub and clean it up of any corrosion before installing new brake shoes. Make sure there's no oil or grease on it, too.
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    Sirius who is in province does carry them. https://www.siriusconinc.com/pro-det...roduct_id=1317



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    Those shoes look like OEM parts... hard to say if they are the actual originals, but they sure look like factory stuff, possibly replaced along the way
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    You can check 4into1 as well. I am a fan of EBC brake pads/shoes. I have found less than stellar braking from the cheap pads/shoes.

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    Yes - PLEASE replace the Brake Shoes unless you know for certain they are less than 5 years old, and then I might still replace them.

    The Lining is GLUED to the backing plate and deteriorates over time.

    They are way too cheap and significantly difficult enough to get access to later to NOT do them while you are in there.
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    My '69 still had the original shoes, and I replaced them with EBC shoes. They work very well.

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