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Old 04-28-2006, 06:00 PM   #1
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adjusting rear brakes??

I changed the front pads and rotors about 2 weeks ago and since then the car didn't really brake the same. It felt mushy. So today when I was changing the oil, I bled the brakes. That helped the peadle to get a little stiffer, but the brakes still don't feel right. So my service manager said that the rear brakes prolly need to be adjusted. So I racked the car back up and you can take the rear wheels and spin them freely, very eaisly. I know they are not supposed to spin that easy. So I took the dust cover off and came to take the drum off, but I didn't have a socket large enough to fit on that nut. Then I came here and did some searching and found out that the rear brakes are self adjusting. How exactly do you get them to "self adjust"?? I tried pulling the ebrake a bunch of times, driving in reverse, pulling the ebrake while driving, so forth and so on and they still feel the same. Is there an adjustment screw behind the drums?? What size is that bolt to get them off? Any help would be appreicated. Thanks.


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Old 04-28-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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Clicky Clicky To how to adjust the ebrake if that's what your asking.

But as far as adjusting the rear brakes, I've done a few to where you drive about 15 - 20 mph or so and press the regular brakes down. Do this a couple of times and it should set your brakes. I personally don't know if there's an adjustment on the back of the Hub or not.....Hope this helps
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Yeah I'm trying to adjust the rear brakes themselves, not the Ebrake. Like if you do a brake job on the front, and don't change the rear shoes, your supposed to adjust them out to comensate for the thickness of the new front pads.
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Sorry i meant drive 15 - 20 MPH in reverse a couple of times
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^That didnt work, anything else?
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The following sometimes seems to works for me...

Park the car and turn it off
Raise the e-brake handle as high as possible
Pump the brake pedal until its locks

In terms of the spongy brake feel, changing your pads will not normally stiffen the brake pedal. This seems to be a common misconception. Rather it is the brake line (hoses) expanding under pressure that helps cause a spongy brake feel, especially under warm weather. Upgrade to braided lines to stiffen the brake pedal b/c the hoses do not expand as much. Bleeding the line with the stock hoses will offer temporary stiffness or variant stiffness...

In any case, this seems to be a common problem

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