Rear drum brake overheating after new shoes, hardware >>>
I put new shoes and a new hardware kit (adjusters, adjuster cables, adjuster guide) on the rear of my Jeep last week. At first the brakes were horrible; lots of travel, no pedal feel and barely any stopping power. Did some research and found that the rear brakes were probably not adjusted properly. Yesterday when I pulled the left rear drum off, the star adjuster was sitting on the bottom of the drum and just fell out. So, yeah, they weren't adjusted properly, lol.
I put the brakes back together properly, and with the front wheels chocked, the parking brake off, and the left rear wheel in the air I used a small screwdriver to adjust the star adjuster. I rocked the wheel back and forth as I ran the star adjuster out until there was a slight drag. I got in the Jeep and pressed the brakes hard to recenter the pads and checked them again. It seemed fine, and it didn't need any more adjusting. The wheel had just a touch of drag, but rotated pretty freely. I ran the adjuster out maybe 1/4" or more.
Then I adjusted the right rear, but it didn't really need much at all. Sort of odd?
I drove the Jeep about 5 miles earlier, and when I got out of it, I could smell burning from the left rear brake drum. Sure enough, it was running very hot. Much, much hotter then the right. I just checked the wheels and jacked it up. With the parking brake off, the left rear wheel still rotates with barely any resistance.
So, why is it running so hot? It doesn't seem to be adjusted out too far so that it causes a lot of drag......
Any ideas? I need to be able to drive to work tomorrow.
'88 YJ, Nuttered, Ford ignition upgrade, 1.5" Rough Country lift, Pro Comp 1079 15x8 wheels w/ M/T's, Supertrapp muffler