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Old 03-20-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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Adjusting Rear Drum Brakes

I am getting some squealing from the rear brakes and I have read that it is lost likely due to dirt and dust. It is an 06 with 37k miles so I figure they just need a good cleaning and adjustment. I assume I need to jack up both sides in order to turn the wheels to feel for drag on the brakes, but do I need to place the transmission (6 speed) into neutral? Is that a little dangerous since the rear is lifted and could roll forward? Of course I will chock the front tires. Any help is appreciated!

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Chock wheels, and try to do this on level ground with tranny in neutral.

Forget adjusting until you remove drums and take a look.....odds are you'll discover rusted/seized adjusters or more, so first take a look. (I'm assuming these are drum brakes)

Back off the adjusters nuff to drop them out, then disassemble them and wire brush the threads and reassemble with brake grade anti-seize and thread lube. They get really hot and are subject to corrosion so use lube designed for it....Check all other hardware and adjusting cables-replace as necessary....wash whole assembled unit(not your freshly rebuilt adjusters) with brake clean, then adjust shoes outward til you can just slip drum over them.

Once drums and wheels installed, use brake adjusting spoons to adjust each side tight, then stomp on the pedal a few times, then back off each side to where you hear a VERY slight drag...just a tad of drag.

Go drive it....fwd a few feet, then reverse several times, each direction apply the brakes firmly several times....Ok, you're done

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Chock wheels, and try to do this on level ground with tranny in neutral.

Forget adjusting until you remove drums and take a look.....odds are you'll discover rusted/seized adjusters or more, so first take a look. (I'm assuming these are drum brakes)

Back off the adjusters nuff to drop them out, then disassemble them and wire brush the threads and reassemble with brake grade anti-seize and thread lube. They get really hot and are subject to corrosion so use lube designed for it....Check all other hardware and adjusting cables-replace as necessary....wash whole assembled unit(not your freshly rebuilt adjusters) with brake clean, then adjust shoes outward til you can just slip drum over them.

Once drums and wheels installed, use brake adjusting spoons to adjust each side tight, then stomp on the pedal a few times, then back off each side to where you hear a VERY slight drag...just a tad of drag.

Go drive it....fwd a few feet, then reverse several times, each direction apply the brakes firmly several times....Ok, you're done
Awesome, thank you so much!
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There are 6 places on the backing plate that need to be greased. Each shoe contacts the backing plate in 3 places.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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Yeah, YouTube is my friend! I watched a video on taking them apart and reassembly. I just wasn't sure about placing it in neutral. With 37k miles, I hope it is just dirty!
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Check this link out: Jeep Rear Drum Brake Remove - Install and Adjust

Tons of other good write-ups as well. Good luck!
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:34 PM   #7
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Check this link out: Jeep Rear Drum Brake Remove - Install and Adjust

Tons of other good write-ups as well. Good luck!
Yes, I saw that too. I took off the drum tonight, sprayed everything down with brake cleaner, wiped it all down and all the squealing has gone away! Only took me 30 minutes. Fortunately, the brakes looked to be in really good condition.

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