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Old 03-20-2013, 03:39 PM
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Okay so I guess my front brakes are fine, no need to touch them. I'm going to inspect the rear drums soon.

Is it worth it to use some brake cleaner on the parts even if you're not going to change them out?
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:41 PM
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i think so - the cleaner everything stays, the better the system willl function & longer it will last... but be sure that the slider pins are not dry or corroded.

another thing: i take a wire brush to the outside of my calipers/brackets when i get in there usually, & then something like brake cleaner will wash it all off easy

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Old 03-20-2013, 03:42 PM
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Nice. Guess I could give them a small cleaning while I'm down there.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:45 PM
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yeah, just hit the high spots, & call it good lol
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:19 PM
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So while I was changing my tires today I decided to inspect the rear drums, however, I could not for the life of me get the drum off. I tried hitting it with a hammer, prying it out with a screwdriver but this thing is just stuck!

Emergency brake was not engaged. What gives?
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:21 PM
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haha, i'm afraid to work on my drums cause i know it's gonna be a rust pit. sorry, can't say on that one
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:56 PM
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There's an adjustment slider you have to loosen to pull the drum pads in before you can take the drum off. There's a small slot on the back on the drum towards the bottom. The drum can also rust to face of the axle where the studs come out which can cause it to hang up.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:45 PM
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There's an adjustment slider you have to loosen to pull the drum pads in before you can take the drum off. There's a small slot on the back on the drum towards the bottom. The drum can also rust to face of the axle where the studs come out which can cause it to hang up.
Do you have a diagram or picture of that slider? I had a feeling I needed to loosen something but I got frustrated and proceeded to put my summer wheels on.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:20 PM
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The first image is the hole on the backside of the brake where you can stick a flathead screwdriver in to adjust the brakes inward. The second image is the brake assembly with the star adjuster at the bottom-
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:07 PM
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So you rotate the star adjuster in the second pic to allow it to open?

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:38 AM
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Yup, there's a little tab that engages with that star wheel to keep it Moving in one direction only. Basically a rachet setup. You might have to use two screwdrivers, one to hold the tab out of the way and the other to turn the wheel.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:14 AM
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Wish I knew that while I had the wheels off lol...

Oh well, I'll try again on my next tire rotation.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:31 PM
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Sometimes you can get away without needing to adjust it to get the drum off. The older the shoes the more likely they have worn deeper into the metal of the drum creating a lip that prevents them from coming off so you'll need to adjust them in with the star wheel.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:19 PM
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Most places I've looked suggest to put an anti-squeek substance on the back of the brake pads.

How would I know if I need the rotors re-surfaced?
Any high temp grease will work. If you are getting vibration when you brake or there are deep grooves in the rotors they need to be replaced or machined. If you have the ability to take them off and take them to a machine shop it saves on buying new. The other thing is remember to put some locktite on the caliper bolts they can vibrate out if you don't
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