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Old 02-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rear brake drum problems

I made the mistake of removing the left rear brake drum, and then bleeding my entire brake system while the rear left drum was off the car. Getting the drum back on wasn't easy but I managed- and now the left rear brake is permanently engaged while driving. What did I do wrong? How do you get the brake pads in the drum brakes to retract or compress so that you can freely reinstall the drum over them? How do I get them to reset to the proper operating travel play? I already tried bleeding that rear left brake a little to get the drum back on. It didn't improve.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When you put new pads on the front you use a C clamp to retract the piston to fit the thicker pad on. I'd assume that you can use an appropriate sized clamp and do the same thing to retract the rear drum piston back far enough to refit the drum.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You should look again. Clean it with brake cleaner spray so you can see. Make sure it is assembled properly. Look to see that both sides of the slave piston are installed properly. Bleeding without the drum could have caused them to pop out. Also make sure the shoe fits properly into the slots on the pistons. Check the bottom too.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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dont forget to retract the star wheel adjuster. Once the drum is on you can readjust it to the proper setting
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