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Hi, my 94 Clio 1.9D has drum brakes, which have been making a slight grinding noise. Today I pressed the brake pedal and a crashing noise happened. I pressed it again, and another crashing noise followed. After this, there was no pressure going to the pedal. Fluid leaks when I press the pedal now, and I don't know how to check what is wrong. Will I need to replace shoes, cylinder, drums, or what? I need to price this up ASAP. Thanks.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum.:)

Sounds like you'll need new rear shoes and cylinders........If the drums are badly worn or scored,then they'll need replacing too.

New parts are going to be in the region of £150,I expect(including the drums),around £60 without the drums.

If you need new drums,have some new wheel bearings on stand by.....around £20 each.
 

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Ah, not good.

Thanks for the info. How can I find out which make of brake shoes are in place? For instance, where is the brake master cylinder, which apparently has the maker's name on it? Thanks
 

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Hello gmc51,

It sounds like you will need to replace the complete rear brake assemblies on both sides, drums, shoes, cylinders and wheel bearings. From the statement you made about the master cylinder, I take it you are not too familiar with the mechanics of a car, please dont be offended by what I just said.

Changing the rear brakes is not a very difficult job if you have some experience, if you have, get a haines manual and follow the steps. But if not I would get a friend or a mechanic to carry out the work for you, as the rear bearing can cause problems and also the actual building up of the brake components and finally bleeding the hydraulics.

best of luck

Murchin.
 
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