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Old 03-08-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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Ok, been working on my recent purchase, 98' Sahara. 5 speed 6 cyl. Had the back end in the air and noticed the wheels are difficult to spin freely, seems like some resistance. What I'm saying is it would be hard to push while in neutral. Is this normal? I'm just thinking if it rolled easier it would get better gas mileage right?

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The. Rear drums usually drag a little if properly adjusted.....If they are too hard maybe they aren't adjusted properly.

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I agree. I had to adjust mine because the E brake didnt work. Little bit of adjustment and done. Theres a little window on the drum that u use a flat head screw driver to adjust up or down. hope this helps
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I've always heard that with the tire on and it up in the air. Spin it as hard as you can and you could get one full rotation until is stops.

Any faster "freewheeling" and you are not getting full benefit of the stopping power from the drums. I know that drag like that seems harsh, only one full spin, but with out some drag your brakes wouldn't be in position to stop you when the pedal is applied. The wheel cylinder only moves fractions of an inch to push those brakes out.
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interesting, I couldn't even get half a turn if I tried.
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interesting, I couldn't even get half a turn if I tried.
I'd say you need to pop the wheel off, then the drum, and down low, center, is a star adjuster. Pull the lil lever to the side and turn the adjuster so it is as small as possible (compressed in). Your brakes will self adjust over the course of a few days if you don't know how to adjust them with the drums on.

Be forwarned, if you don't know the condition of the brakes be prepared, drums have so much dust and heat they usually are a total mess, i. e. The star adjuster is seized, springs are brittle or broken, etc. You can pull the drum off to look but if you don't know drums I wouldn't go poking around to much other than to try to adjust the star adjuster back down.

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