Brake Pads and Rotors

How do you get the drums to go over the rear brake shoes after you replace them?


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2015-07-15 20:46:06
2015-07-15 20:46:06

Ron, once you have the new brake shoes installed, you have to back off the star wheel adjuster, usually located at the bottom of the backing plate. Turn wheel either counter clockwise or clockwise, you will be able to see which direction brings the bottom of the shoe in or out. You want to back it off just enough so the brake drum slides on with a slight drag, when turning. Good luck.

U have 2 also make sure the EMERGENCY brake is OFF & the EMERGENCYbrake cable are free & not holding pressure on the shoesafter U back the Star adjuster all the way OFF.

Also remember to move the metal plate that is resting against the star wheel,with one hand pull the plate away and with the other hand move the wheel until the shoes are as close as u can get to move than try to put on the drums. ! TUMBLEWEED.


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That depends on the relative velocities of the objects involved.meteors and spacecraft entering earth's atmosphere friction heat to white incandescence at over 2000 kelvin.aircraft brake rotors and shoes friction heat to over 1500 kelvin in some cases.semi truck brake drums and shoes friction heat to over 600 kelvin in some cases.etc.

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yo have to grease your 6 high spots on the edge of the backing plate, and then you need to bring your shoes in so you can clear the drum over them, to re adjust your shoes there is a star adjuster at the bottm of both shoes, make sure that you have your shoes just barely drag the drum because if you have to much clearence you will have a soft brake pedal

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If the rotors have over heated you will get brake chatter. The pedal will shake when you apply the brakes. Usually the drums are a little tougher. The new rotors are very thin.

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