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After neglecting the rear drums for 250k miles I decided to clean the brakes, something I should have considered part of routine maintenance. For anyone interested its a simple process and only requires a T30 bit and brake cleaner.

I measured 7/32 remaining on the shoes.


Here are a couple before and after pics


bigger picture http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/memb...az-album4426-brakes-picture119130-dirty-1.jpg



bigger picture http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/memb...az-album4426-brakes-picture119138-dirty-2.jpg



bigger picture http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/memb...az-album4426-brakes-picture119122-clean-2.jpg


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The thought crossed my mind after reading a post from robby about cleaning the drums. I figured I should open them up and inspect them, I had a feeling there was going to be major buildup. Typically this is something I would do on a Saturday night at 1am after I have been drinking lol. Because im such a nice guy even though your joking I certainly wouldnt have any problem cleaning the drum brakes on your cruze..... its a quick 30 minutes.
 

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I have calculated the math and show roughly 10% city driving. I drive on average 365 miles per day of which 35 are off the freeway stop and go. So of the 250k miles, 25k miles are considered city while 225K miles are highway. Now keep in mind that highway/freeway miles still requires the frequent use of brakes for traffic, off ramps, terrain and the occasional road hazards ( wildlife ). I average the same amount of city miles per day as the average driver so my brakes get plenty of use.

I believe in addition to the quality of the brakes my driving skills go along way to reduce wear. Under most circumstances I start braking early and tend to apply slow, gradual pressure as opposed to most drivers I see that brake hard and fast.
 
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