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post #16 of 17 Old 09-03-2013, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Shane0730 View Post
I am in some desperate need for some expert advice about my rear brakes. Here's the quick story and problem.

Doing a routine brake change. Changed the front (disc) brake pads no problem. Went to change the rear drum shoes and apparently they hadn't been changed since factory. They had a very weird slit down the middle where there was no pad and just the 2 outsides had pad, so my drums obviously had an awesome ring of rust. Took them to O'Reillys to put on a lathe and smooth them out. The guy said that the diameter is now approx 9" which is about the max I can go before changing the drums. They came out perfectly smooth. Put together the assembly with new shoes and made the proper adjustments before put the rear end back down and drove around for a bit. I did the forward and reverse to get the shoes adjusted properly and I cannot figure out why I have the constant scraping noise of the drums rubbing against the shoes. My e-brake goes all the way up and still doesn't apply pressure to the brakes, so it's useless right now.

I took the wheels and drums off the make sure they're installed properly and they look like they are. When I took the drum off from driving around a bit thinking the brake would wear it, I have this circle groove in the drum that looks like the adjuster lever has been grinding on. I'm clueless right now on what to do and am getting ready to take it to a repair shop if I can't get any help on here. I am attaching pictures of both sides and both drums so someone can tell me if they spot something wrong. Please help, this is my DD and don't want to foot a repair shop bill if I can avoid it. Thanks,

It looks like you have the primary and secondary brake shoe swapped on the passenger side. The shoe with less friction material goes to the front. Unless i am looking at the picture wrong.

Otherwise, good to hear you got it fixed.

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post #17 of 17 Old 09-04-2013, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by btn View Post
The only thing that holds that adjuster cable guide in its hole is the hook of the spring. It isn't a very solid design and it doesn't always hold the adjuster guide flat against the rear brake shoe bracket. This causes the adjuster cable to slack.

I drilled a hole through both the guide and brake shoe and put a small bolt throught it. That holds the guide snug against the shoe and keeps it seated in its hole no matter what. Of course, the guide doesn't swivel anymore, but still looks to work fine through the cable's range of motion. It's been working great for me for several years.
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