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azf100
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4/07/2004
22:47:39

Subject: Rear Drum Adjustment
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Can somebody tell me how the adjustment works for the rear drum brakes. What type of screw and is it as simple as turning it clockwise or counterclockwise? They keep coming out of adjustment and is putting all the work on the front brakes making them heat up till they smell funny. The automatic adjustment doesn't seem to do anything at all (driving it backwards and slamming the brakes). Thanks



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4/08/2004
04:35:29

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Jack the rear end so the tires are off the ground and remove the rubber plugs on the brake backing plates. You will see a "star" adjuster inside, just turn it a few times with a screw driver and spin the tire. You will hear a slight drag sound from the brake shoes dragging on the drum when the shoes are in adjustment. The adjuster will only turn in one direction, the correct way, without releasing the catch. You will probably have to turn the adjuster and spin the tire a few times to get the brakes properly adjusted, If you turn the adjuster too far and the rear shoes are dragging too much or you will have to release (push) the adjuster catch to spin the adjuster backwards .

The rear adjusters truly suck as I have 118K on the truck and the rear shoes are only worn about 1/2 way, while the front brakes have been replaced numerous times. I adjust the back brakes when changing the oil and they always need a couple of clicks.



azf100
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4/08/2004
09:11:08

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Thanks...so a regular flathead would do the trick?



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4/09/2004
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DSW has the correct manual way to do it.

Have you backed up and slammed on the brakes several times in a row? It weems to take a few times on mine.

Works fine on my 01 QC, with the 11 inch rear drum brakes that come on the Trailer towing, tire and handling, LSD rear end.



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4/09/2004
00:44:05

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Yeah i've tried the backing up thing several times. It really doesn't seem to do anything even if I give the rear brakes a little help with the parking brake. How fast do you usually go in reverse before slamming the brakes?



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4/09/2004
00:53:01

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todd, how fast do you back up and how hard on the brakes? i have tried the backwards method before(15 mph) with no success. mind you i didnt stand on the brakes my tires never broke traction. is that what i have to do, lock em up in reverse 2 or 3 times?? it sounds easier for me and the truck just to adjust them manualy.....

thanks



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4/09/2004
01:10:36

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you're just supposed to back up at a normal speed like getting out of a parking spot and step on your brakes, not go as fast as you can nor try to lock up your brakes

i can hardly believe you need to create a hazardous situation on the road to correctly adjust the rear brakes come on here we're making this a lot more difficult than it needs to be



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4/10/2004
13:44:51

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I figured that, its not like I was on the highway when i did that....... there are alot of back roads with hardly (sometimes zero) traffic. especialy the DEAD END road i did this on!
sorry i sounded like an idiot, i just wanted to clear that up.

Thanks Again!

Dan

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4/11/2004
07:57:31

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Todd? on a fairly well maintained brake system that will work! BUT I let mine go a bit too long and the brake shoes were not contacting the drums anymore, so that did not work , had to do it the manual way.



TexasTodd
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4/11/2004
14:43:00

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I understand it may not work for all.

For me, I find a secluded parking lot, like the one at our firestation, I'm a volunteer fireman.

I back up fast, I have a 5spd,(manual), but I don't think that matters.

I back up fast, and stop abruptly, it usually locks the front wheels and skids a few feet. I do it two or three times, and you can feel it tighter on the pedal afterwards.

I'm not slamming anyone here, I understand it may not work for all, it works for me. The manual way obviously works too.



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