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Old 03-28-2012, 07:08 PM
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bad brakes

How do I tell which brakes are going bad? I have disc in the front and drum in the rear. Ive never had drum brakes before
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visual inspection......the discs should have a wear indicator that will squeal when the pads need replacing.....the drums need to be pulled of the axle to inspect the shoes on the rear...

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So to check the drums I need to disassemble them?
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just take the rear wheels off and the drums should slide off the lugs....however, they may have a groove worn in them from excessive wear that makes them a little hard to get off....then you have to adjust the brakes in to get the drums off.....after you get them off, if the inside face of the drum is not smooth and even they need replacing, along with new shoes......
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I read something about rear drum brake adjusters that adjust only when the parking brake is used. Do wrangler drum brakes work like this?
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yes, the adjuster is inside the drum mounted on the vacuum plate....however, i don't think they adjust using the ebrake. I've always adjusted the self adjusters by backing up and tapping the brakes....to be honest, most of the time the adjusters get rusty or full of brake dust and don't work correctly....it's easier to manually adjust them thru the slot on the inside bottom of the wheel with a brake spoon....
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thanks for the help
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