1. I released the parking brake from the cabin and screwed these 2-inch long metric 8mm x 1.25mm threads bolts to pull the drum off the shoes. <http://www.bild.me/bild.php?fileV87240drum_brakes_0.jpg
2. After blowing the dust out (and not breathing it in), I could see that the front shoe was worn down to about a millimeter or less (after 175K miles), so I'm going to have to buy new shoes and replace them. <http://www.bild.me/bild.php?file478506drum_brakes_1.jpg
3. I measured the drum to be 2mm smaller than the maximum diameter: <http://www.bild.me/bild.php?file “35528drum_brakes_2.jpg>
4. Where the maximum diameter of 297mm was stamped on the drum itself: <http://www.bild.me/bild.php?file ”28041drum_brakes_3.jpg>
5. It was hard to get the drum back on even with the parking brake released from the cabin, so I had to use a mallet to bang it back on: <http://www.bild.me/bild.php?file $34045drum_brakes_4.jpg>
The main question is whether I'm supposed to *disconnect* the cable for the parking brake when working on the drums, and particularly when I put the new shoes on after I buy them.
Also, only one shoe is worn, and it's the front shoe, and it's been on there for 175K miles, but I wonder if the shoes can be switched, so that the front shoe is in the rear and the rear shoe is in the front, since they wore so unevenly (sort of like rotating tires).
But mainly I'm not sure what the procedure is for the parking brake cable. Can you advise?