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Texas Todd
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2/14/2003
08:25:31

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I'm talking the infamous rear drums. I've got the 01, heavy duty 11" drums that came with the trailer towing, tire and handling package on my 4.7 QC.

But I thought the easiest way to adjust them is still the same....

You back up fast and slam on the brakes several times, they're self adjusting.-right?



Texas Todd
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2/14/2003
11:08:40

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C'mon guys, ever heard of this?



ritzoid
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2/14/2003
11:22:07

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Todd, I've got a 2001 QC and the owner's manual said that the rear brakes were self-adjusting. Yep, back it up and apply the brakes. Regards, Steve



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2/14/2003
11:57:41

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That's the way I've always done it !!!!




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slow2dak
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2/14/2003
12:30:26

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you can adjust your rear brakes by removing the rubber cap in the drum backing plate and shine a light in there and use a screw driver to adjust the wheel.



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2/14/2003
14:46:24

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Slow2dak,

yea, I think I'll jack a wheel off the ground, like the pros do, to see when the adjustment starts to get some resistence to spinning the wheel by hand.

Thanks all



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2/14/2003
21:35:20

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http://www.fast4x4.net/brake.htm

Just replaced mine today. No more warped brakes finally. =)

Sean



Kim Waldron
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2/14/2003
23:06:25

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I have the habit of rotating my tires when I do an oil change . At the same time I adjust the rear brakes. I've found over the years(35)that if you do this that you'll have better brake bias and longer front pad life. The self adjusting brakes are old tech compared to disc brakes. So they will never have the proper bias unless you adjust them yourself on a regular basis. If you don't do this, you'll risk rotor warpage.(is that a real word?)This is due to excessive front bias. Also this will have you replacing the fronts on a 2 to 1 ratio.
Backing up only partially adjusts the rears. For a test do the backup thing and drive for about 100 miles. Then do a manual adjustment and you'll never rely on self adjusters again.
This applies to all front disc rear drum vehicles.

My 2 cents.



chris
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2/15/2003
09:10:15

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the backing up thing is right it adjusts the brakes
but theres always a but. according to they guy from the ministry of transportation there are a few vehicles now being made that the brakes adjust of the park brake when its used. car or truck he didnt know,
just in case it gives you a reason to keep the park brake from siezing up



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2/15/2003
23:35:38

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A quick way is to apply the parking brake halfway or until you feel the drag. Then do the back up and slam on the brakes several times.


The best way is to turn the adjuster with the tool or screw driver until you can't turn the tire. Then back off 3 turns. The tire will move but should have some drag. Same on other side.


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brian gruszka
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9/15/2010
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i own a 2003 dodge dakota 4.7l crew cab 5.5ft bed
My problem is how do i adjust the brake cable on the right rear? because whats happening when i release break i can hear a pop soo\und coming from that area and i looked and it came unhooked off of the hook that is attached to back ofrotor area,i can slip it back on the hook but as soon as i release cable again it comes unhooked


any ideas??



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9/15/2010
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Brian,

By your post you have some mechanical abilities. Have you traced the cable from the wheel to the cab? Maybe there is an easy adjustment (i.e.: nut and bolt) where each wheel cable connects to the main cable?



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