Stickshifts and Safetybelts

Stuck in the sand in the San Rafael DesertI’m finally getting around to replacing the rear brakes on my truck. About two months ago I found out something was wrong with them, and today I bought some new rear brake shoes. I’m only about 95% sure that the rear shoes are worn out–the fact that the parking brake doesn’t work well anymore is my biggest clue. I spent about $85 on new brakes and a repair manual. Owning a ’97 F-250 is a pain in the ass sometimes, because Ford made two different F-250s in ’97–a light-duty and a heavy-duty. I own the heavy-duty (over 8,500 GVW), but some parts stores don’t make that distinction. On more than one occasion I’ve gotten the wrong part because of this problem. I think I’ve got the right brake parts, but I won’t know for sure until I tear things apart tomorrow.

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