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Old 09-03-2006, 08:36 PM   #11
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Well, youse guys got me to thinking, so I pulled off the rear wheels again today.

The star adjuster went out about one full turn on each side before the brake shoes began to rub the drum. I left them that way, reinstalled the wheels, torqued the studs, and took her for a drive.

I seemed to have more pedal. Also, I noticed that the e-brake pedal was a lot further up then previously

Time will tell.

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I learned my lesson after warping my second set of premium slotted rotors. I realized if the rear wasn't pulling it'* load, the front would have to do more of the work.

I replaced all my rear components with Premium NAPA drums and shoes (still need to replace the cylinders, but I have them). I found when I started the work that my rears were also about one turn out of adjustment. They were contacting under braking, but not at full force.

They are now. When I rotate from now on, I'll adjust them a notch or two until it'* a little difficult to get the rear drums over them.
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Could a loose parking brake pedal be a sign of mal-adjusted brakes?

Also, my rear drums are damn near rusted on. I worked on them once to get them off, some PB blaster over night next time i'm under there?
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Jason, that'* a VERY good indication your rears have issues.
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Travis, seems like every time i look at your sig, the 97 has another 1000 on it hahahaha
Yeah, these cars usually go to the grave with the rear breaks from the factory
Because most of the rear brake sets on this Forum aren't adjusted correctly, and you're not using them.

Which is a contributing factor for warped front rotors.
mine are adjusted just fine, thank you. went through the fsm check procedure. they do have wear, it'* not like they look new, but not bad enough to warrant replacing.
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Could a loose parking brake pedal be a sign of mal-adjusted brakes?

Also, my rear drums are damn near rusted on. I worked on them once to get them off, some PB blaster over night next time i'm under there?
you have to knock out the little hole on the back and push the actuator to release the pads. I found a valve stem cap works perfectly to fill the hole.
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Jason, that'* a VERY good indication your rears have issues.
The damn pedal falls about 1/3-1/2 way down, sometimes if i don't kick it up after i release it the sensor thinks it on and the brake light comes on and dings at me.

Figured it was a stretched cable, but i'll investigate next time i'm under there.
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I wonder about the return spring on your e brake pedal.
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I have never once contemplated adjusting my rear brakes. Anyone got a how to or pics? But my e-brake needs quite a push to feel engaged (it'* not floppy or loose though) and after reading this it'* got me thinking.
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John, it'* a simple as removing the drums and adjustiong the 'spur' until it'* just a tad difficult to put the drums back on.
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