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Old 02-09-2011, 11:43 AM   #1
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Drum Brake Noise

Ok so I replaced my drum brakes and the drum brake master cylinder in one of them and since then when I come to a complete stop on a hill there is a clunk from what sounds to be coming from the rear brakes. No this only happens after I stop and drift back a little. Any thoughts? Does this have anything to do with the brakes?

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Old 02-09-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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They have auto adjusters on them. Try backing up a few feet and hit the brakes. Do this 8 or 10 times and them see if that helps. If not you will need to pull the frum off and have a look.

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Old 02-09-2011, 12:01 PM   #3
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Do think it could be that adjustable spacer? Maybe thats not extended enough towards each pad?
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:43 PM   #4
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My next project is to replace the rear brake shoes on my 2001 Sahara but am a little concerned with all the weird mechanism Chrysler uses for the adjusters. I'm used to GM vehicles that have only one simple lever that does the adjusting.
Will be watching for your solution in case I have the same problem.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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Did backing up help at all?
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Sometimes when the drum gets put back on it catches on the lugs and doesn't seat completely. Then when you put the wheel on it feels tight, but it isn't. Driving it a bit lets the drum seat farther down, then the wheel's loose - could be the source of the clunk.

Check the lug nuts to be sure they are tight.

If the adjuster is too loose, the entire assembly rotates inside the drum and has that clunk. It's usually, but not always, accompanied by a low pedal too.
A common mistake is switching the adjuster from side to side - then when you back up instead of tightening, it adjusts looser.
That's why it's important to do one side at a time - it's easy to put them on the wrong sides.
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Tried the backing up thing didnt work... Going to take it apart this weekend when i have more time and see if anything is loose or broken
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It could be that the equalizer bar has fallen out, I would remove the drums and check it out if I were you.

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