Q: Changing wheel cylinders

asked by on October 13, 2016

my back breaks cannot be bled due to my bleeder screws being bent or not being able to be taken off, we need to replace the wheel cylinder, how hard is it to replace those cylinders?
My car has an automatic transmission.

Brake Wheel Cylinder Replacement $112.32 - $311.37 Get a Quote

The wheel cylinders are fairly easy to service for a novice mechanic. You’ll have to remove the brake drum and remove the metal brake line on the back of the wheel cylinder using a 10mm line wrench. Then remove the two 10mm bolts that hold the wheel cylinder to the backing plate. Disconnect the brake shoes main top spring from one of the brake shoes using a brake spring pliers. From here, spread open the shoes with your hands and pull out the brake wheel cylinder. Once that’s done, install the new wheel cylinder and install two mounting bolts then connect the spring back on to the shoes. Adjust the brake shoes as necessary and reinstall the brake drum. Lastly, reconnect brake line and then bleed brakes of air. If you don’t feel comfortable with this repair, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home and replace your brake wheel cylinder at your own convenience.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Car overheated and hose ripped

hi. If you have a hose that has failed, then that would have caused a serious loss of coolant. This will definitely cause the engine to overheat. The hose needs to be replaced so that the engine can be checked...

Loud pop and started running hot

A possibility is a head gasket leak where exhaust gas leaks into the cooling system pressurizing the cooling system and blowing out a hose. However, there are other potential, less serious, causes for what you describe. To get the actual...

Unresponsive wheels accompanied by grinding and shuddering - 2015 Acura TLX

Hi! That seems to be a very unsual issue on a vehicle with such low miles. I'm curious what the Acura dealer service department said about this. Being that your TLX is so new and covered under warranty, I suggest...

2005 Ford Escape dies, runs up to 5 seconds and dies again

First pressure test the fuel pump. A weak fuel pump would do exactly that and on that old Escape, 11 years old, there is no sensor on the fuel, so the computer has no idea what the fuel pressure is....

How do you use the glove box?

The glove box is an ideal place to store things like your owner’s manual, insurance papers and other important documents or small items. It’s also easy to use. Here’s how: Make sure the glove box is unlocked. Pull the...

Rough idle when electrical is used

Hi there. As electrical components and accessories are used, more draw and strain is placed on the motor to power the alternator. As such, existing small idle problems will be accelerated when the engine is asked to give more. In...

Problems shifting gears

It sounds like your 2002 Honda Passport may have an issue with its gear selection sensor. This sensor provides information to the powertrain control module as to which gear the vehicle is in. If this sensor is giving false...

front left making a rumble. doesnt do it when slightly turning left

It is likely that the left front wheel bearing has failed. When you swerve to the left on a ramp, what you doing is transferring some of the weight of the car from the left to the right. The transference...

How do I replace the front turn signal, parking light or side marker bulb?

Your car uses the same bulb for the front turn signal, parking light and side marker. Like the rest of the lights on your car, these will eventually burn out and need to be replaced. Here’s how to install a...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda Accord
The The 2012 Honda Accord has a lot to offer. From great fuel economy to comfortable features and a sleek, modern look, it’s no wonder so many people love the Accord. Though, unlike the Civic, Honda has yet to offer...
How to Replace Rear Car Brake Shoes
Car brakes consist of disc brakes or drum brakes. Brake shoes are a part of drum brakes and provide the full braking power needed to stop a car.
How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
How How long can brake pads last? Brake pads last from 25,000 miles to 70,000 miles depending on their design and material. Brake pads are part of the braking system of every vehicle. Designed to handle high friction, when the...