2002 Subaru Forester L, drum brakes in rear

10

Asked by Apr 17, 2015 at 03:40 PM about the 2002 Subaru Forester L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

A garage told me they were replacing the rear brakes.  I got the car back, and the rear
passenger side is making a clicking noise when I apply the brakes.  I came to discover
that the brake shoes and rotors weren't replaced, only the drums.  When I asked why they
didn't do the job, the mechanic told me the rear brakes last the life of the car.  They told
me that the drums were warped.  My car came equipped with anti-lock brakes.

5 Answers

41,295

I'm a little confused. Did you want all the brakes done? Like new pads and rotors on the front, and new shoes and drums on the rear? And all they did was put new drums on the rear without doing the brake shoes? Rear drum brakes do not last the life of the car. Never bring your car there again.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

They did the front calipers, rotors and pads and told me the drums in the rear were warped. They changed the drums. I thought that the pads or shoes have to be changed when the drums get changed, especially with almost 190k miles. Do you happen to know what the minimum allowed thickness is for the shoes in the rear? These rear brakes are drum brakes.

41,295

I have never heard of a minimum brake shoe tolerance. Usually it's only the thickness of the rotors and drums. Nobody turns them anymore. They just replace with new. I have no idea why they wouldn't have changed the shoes. If they have the drums off, why not just do the whole job? I can't believe that with 190k, they are still original. Unless the rear shoes were never adjusted correctly and they have never really worked. Very odd........

10

I also just discovered that the anti-lock brake unit is missing. It is usually under the carpeting of the front passenger seat!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
41,295

I'm not sure how removing it would affect the system. Never seen it done before. Maybe the rear brakes have never worked since they removed the ABS. The only way to know if they are working is to remove the drum and lightly press the brake pedal to see if the piston is moving the shoes. Who knows, they may have converted it all back to the old system.

Your Answer

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 34,300 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,800.

ZIP:

Subaru Forester Experts

  • #1
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    3,820
  • #2
    walth
    Reputation
    3,210
  • #3
    lifeson34
    Reputation
    2,690
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
392 Great Deals out of 34,072 listings starting at $1,975
Used Honda CR-V
803 Great Deals out of 54,341 listings starting at $1,750
Used Toyota RAV4
803 Great Deals out of 50,161 listings starting at $1,500
Used Subaru Impreza
174 Great Deals out of 19,643 listings starting at $2,200
Used Subaru Legacy
221 Great Deals out of 14,603 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota 4Runner
282 Great Deals out of 21,818 listings starting at $1,750
Used Ford Escape
1,027 Great Deals out of 88,436 listings starting at $1,088
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
52 Great Deals out of 1,279 listings starting at $3,750
Used Toyota Highlander
417 Great Deals out of 27,788 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Tacoma
639 Great Deals out of 42,801 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
1,087 Great Deals out of 61,519 listings starting at $1,099

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Forester For Sale
23,502 listings starting at $17,692
2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
41 Great Deals out of 1,916 listings starting at $19,488
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 1,116 listings starting at $14,992
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
128 Great Deals out of 2,667 listings starting at $11,495
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
41 Great Deals out of 1,174 listings starting at $8,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.