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Old 01-02-2014, 01:00 AM   #1
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Exclamation Rear Brake Problem (Video)

Hello everyone,

my parking break was not working a bit (literally not at all) and I tried to see whether the rear brake shoes might be worn out (which, I believe, is not the case yet).

However, I found that the adjuster star wheel on the rear right was not kept in place by the little metal plate and could be turned freely by hand in both directions. Also, another spring next to it is awfully loose and keeps me wondering if it is in the right place at all. Please help me to determine how to fix this as it gives me a very uncomfortable feeling.

Having said that, I tightened both adjusters (one without being kept in place) and the parking break works like a charm now. How can I now if I tightened it too much? I don't want unnecessary resistance during driving..

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Old 01-02-2014, 01:10 AM   #2
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You adjust the brakes until they drag a tiny bit, then back off a click or two. You can buy all new springs and parts for pretty cheap to replace your worn ones. Only took me maybe 30 minutes per side and I had never done it before. Just do one side at a time so you have the other for reference.

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You adjust the brakes until they drag a tiny bit, then back off a click or two. You can buy all new springs and parts for pretty cheap to replace your worn ones. Only took me maybe 30 minutes per side and I had never done it before. Just do one side at a time so you have the other for reference.
What exactly do you mean by drag? Jacking up rear axle and turning the wheels by hand (no break applied)? Is that where they are supposed to drag a bit?

Yes I know about the spring kits but they need a long time to arrive in Australia and it looked like something that just needs reattachment if someone could tell me where to attach it to.
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Ahh, didn't know you were in Australia. You spin the wheel until you hear it dragging then back it off a tiny bit. If your brakes feel good and you don't hear them dragging when you spin each wheel by hand with no brakes applied, you are good to go.

I'll try to find a pic of my rear brakes tomorrow if no one has one.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:26 AM   #5
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It's hard to tell from the shaky video, but I believe the problem is that the cable guide that the cable goes around on the rear shoe isn't seated in the spring hole. They have a habit of popping out when installing the spring and if they are installed right, there is very little clearance between the guide and the back of the shoe. If that is an old cable, there also may not be enough tension left on the spring that lives on the end of the cable. You can purchase complete new brake hardware kits at most auto parts stores.
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From your video I can see that your cable is not routing through the little metal part that has a gully where the cable should be routed. I believe this is why you have the slack in your cable. I just rebuilt my rear brakes and recall that the little piece is included in the parts kit. You may want to shine your light through all the mess of springs and see if you can see the thing. It looks somewhat like a half moon as I recall. I remember using a screwdriver to push the cable into this little channel device.
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You need to replace everything. I don't know if you have a Oreillys down under, but here is a link to the kit you need.
BrakeBest® Hardware H2526 - Drum Brake Self Adjuster Repair Kit | O'Reilly Auto Parts
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:26 PM   #8
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Thanks. I managed to attach it to the point where I believe it is supposed to be attached to.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:52 PM   #9
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I just finished my rear brakes and had this exact same problem. It might not look it, but I am betting dollars to donuts that it is your guide plate for the cable. Turns out I slightly bent both of mine when putting everything back together-thankfully not an expensive fix, paid $3.50 total for a brand new pair and you should be able to pick up at any chain store.
Once I got back and took my time letting the cable hang loosely over the guide as I re-attached the two springs on top, I was able to hook-up and get the adjuster plate exactly where I needed it.
From there you can double-check and adjust your shoes with the wheels back on; "Jeepwayoflife" posted the best way of doing this earlier.

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