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Old 03-25-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
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Question are the rear brakes on my 2000 tj adjustable?

Well the tj failed inspection today. Apparently the front to rear brake bias is very uneven with almost all the braking being down by the front brakes at least thats what the diagram of the test shows. Ive adjusted drum brakes before but not on a jeep. So are they adjustable? The jeeps guaranteed to pass inspection by the dealer i bought it from but i figure if they can be adjusted ill save my time and do it myself in half the time the dealer would take.

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If your rear brakes are indeed drum brakes, they are adjustable just like any drum brake is.

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i figured just thought ide ask before i went and pulled the wheels off and had at it. Time is precious at the moment and the dealer will just waste mine on something like this..ie: wanting to keep the jeep for days. Hopefully its not in need of new pads or drums cause then im letting the dealer spend their money

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Like any drum brake, you don't need to pull the wheel off the TJ's drums to adjust them. Pulling the drum off to inspect them is fine but you can adjust them from the rear of the brake assembly with the wheels on.
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Yea theres a little slot you can use a flathead to turn in order to decrease or increase the amount of pressure. If youre underneath the jeep look at your tire, then find a hole...its been a while and I cant remember exactly. But once you find the hole stick the flathead in and make the gear inside spin one way, and then get out and try to roll the tire, that way you can tell if youre loosening or tightening the drum brakes.
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I completely forgot about that convenient hole regardless i think im still going to pull the wheels to check pad life and make sure the drums aren't badly worn.

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Funny that this has been brought up. About a 6 weeks ago I put on NEW rear pads for my drums (2000 Sahara) and ever since then they frigin squeal like a pig everytime I brake!!! I notice if Im hard on the brake there is no nosise. But when Im lite like rolling to a stop they squeal. I tried pulling the emergency brake to see, and if I pull hard there's no squeal, But if I pull lite it squeals. Do you think adjusting the pads will do anything? Or is it just because they are the semi-metalic pads?. And I'll have to live with it. It's really starting to erritate me.
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there is a break in period for some brakes, also the brake sound deafener spray may work
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On all drum brakes with self adjusters the star wheel edge toward you - toward the center of the vehicle - goes upward to tighten. That's IF the star wheels haven't been switched side for side.
To loosen you have to push the lever off the star on the outside - use a thin screwdriver through the hole while turning the wheel down to push it back.

Be sure the parking brake cable is very slack when you adjust them.

With it being a bias problem, it probably has "lifetime" linings on it. They are way too hard to stop correctly. Aftermarket brake mfgrs have forgotten that brakes are friction devices.

Replace with with cheapies - they are much softer than the super hard lifetime junk. They stop! The parts guy will tell you they don't last long, Bull!
And they stop like it should.

Daanb - squeel - same problem, hard linings (linings on the shoes for drum brakes, pads for disc brakes.)

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