If you have drum brakes, you need to remove the drums and adjust the star wheel that expands the rear shoes, compensating for wear. On my van, I adjust them whenever I rotate the tires. To remove the drums, you may need a pair of metric bolts that fit the jacking holes that are drilled and tapped in the drums. By removing the drums, you can inspect the brake shoes for wear and replace when necessary.
You can also adjust the rear shoes via the adjustment holes in the rear brake mounting plates. Remove the wheels and secure on jack stands. Make sure to chock the front wheels, as you will have to disengage the parking brake to test brake tension. with a small screw driver the adjust the star wheel, located directly under the caliper piston housing. Tighten it until the first sign of drag on the drums.
There has been some discussion that the drums will self adjust when backing and applying the brakes. Also I have seen mention that applying the parking brake 5 times in succession will cause self adjustment. I apply the parking brake every time I leave the car, and I back out of the driveway and brake every time I leave the house, however, every time I have replaced front pads the rears need major adjustment.
if your van has rear drum brakes, adjust them up until there is a slight drag on the brakes. this usually does the trick to tighten up the parking brake.
A 1996 camaro has the same DISK brakes as a 2001. It does not have drum brakes.
Yes, of course you can adjust the rear drum brakes. They should be self adjusting. Every time you back up and apply the brakes they should adjust themselves. If that is not working, look for a small rubber plug on the back of the backing plate. Remove that plug and with a brake adjustment tool, you can adjust the brakes. Search Google for the proper procedure to adjust drum brakes.
Discs in the front and drums in the back.
Disk brakes adjust themselves as they wear. Drum brakes have an automatic adjustment built into the brake system. When you back up and stop they automatically adjust themselves. If you remove the drum you will see the adjustment mechanism.
THOSE ARE DISC BRAKES
Only the rear brakes are drum brakes. The front brakes are disc brakes. To answer your question, twist the end wing nut by your drum brake. It tightens and adjusts how much you have to press on your rear brake lever.
Its a bad cylinder spring
you must first adjust the rear drum brakes. then and only then can you adjust the cable for the parking brake at the base of the park brake pedal/handle. if you don't do the rear drums first, you will stretch the cable
To adjust the rear brakes you take off the wheel. Take the 2 Phillips head screws out of the brake drum. Insert two 13mm bolts into the brake drum and turn them clockwise. Tighten the bolts down while tapping the drum on the side with a hammer. After getting the drum off you release the pressure on the parking brake adjuster. Adjust the brakes until the drums go on with a little bit of friction. If the back drum brakes aren't adjusted tight enough the brake pedal wil go down too far.
pull wheel off and then look for a slot in the brake drum on the front of it and rotate drum until you see the gear through the hole in the drum, turn the gear to set up the brakes.
adjust the shoes
Disc brakes are not subject to "fade" which occurs when drum brakes overheat and lose the ability to stop, another advantage of disc brakes is that they tend to stop in a straight line unlike drum brakes which often "pull" to one side. Yet another advantage of disc brakes is that they self adjust by drawing brake fluid in behind the piston while it is common for the self adjusters in drum brakes to seize due to corrosion then the drum brakes quit adjusting then the brake pedal goes lower and lower.
No you don't, the front and rear brakes are independent of one another. -Sean Ford Mechanic Riverside,CA
Through the hole in the outer drum with a straight slot screwdriver.
Are the rear disc brakes or rear drum brakes? If they are disc brakes, ther is no adjustment. If they are drum brakes, you adjust them by backing up and hitting the brakes. Do it in an empty parking lot. If they are drum style brakes, simply put the van in reverse, and accelerate backwards about 10 feet, and jam on the brakes.. repeat a few times and the auto-adjusters will tension the shoes against the drum properly accounting for the pads thickness, or lack thereof. If they are disc brakes, you have no capability to adjust them without removing the wheels, the calipers, and "shimming" the pads so they are thicker inside the caliper. If your pads are to thick, then you have the wrong pads, and if they are to thin to shim out, and safely stay inside the caliper, then yours pads are worn and needing replacement.
If they are drum brakes then yes they are self adjusting, But they never adjust themselves right. You will need to adjust them. If they are discs brakes then there is no adjustment. ( replace pads)
The front brakes are disc brakes and are self adjusting. The rears are drum brakes and are also self adjusting providing the self adjusting mechanism is in working order.
1.lift and support car with jack and jack stands 2.removel wheel 3. remove 2 brake drum retainging screws 4.remove drum install 5. adjust shoes to fit drum 6. place drum on hub 7. install 2 screws 8. put wheel back on. 9. TEST BRAKES
Through the rubber plug on the back straight under the axle.
We would need to know what type of brakes you have... S-cam air brakes, air disc brakes, air piston brakes, air wedge brakes, hydraulic drum brakes, hydraulic disc brakes... they're all different.
I adjusted one just before installing the drum, I had the same question, but they worked great afterward.. dave
There are rear drum brakes on the 2000-2003 neons. You will need brake spring tool to change the drum pads. Haynes repair manual, Dodge Neon 2000 thru 2003. Book #30036 This book can answer almost any question and is a must if you work on your own car. Plus it's only $20 Are you sure that your 2001 Neon has Drum brakes? I have a 95 Neon that has 4 wheel Disc brakes meaning that there are no Drum brakes on a Neon.Just look around your rear wheels and see whether they are drum or disc,I believe there is discs on all four wheels on a Neon.
They do. Every time you back up and step on the brake, it activates the self adjuster. It has it's limitations. If you don't know how to manually adjust your drum brakes, have your mechanic do it for you. If you feel your brake pedal is mushy or you have to push it almost to the floor, it may mean your rear drums need adjusting.
Subaru Forester L came with drum brakes on the rear. Forester S has discs.