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Old 12 Aug 2003, 01:37 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to know the procedure for adjusting the rear drum brakes
on my 2001 Camry XLE (4 cyl).
I always use the parking brake, and had the rear brakes adjusted at
30,000 miles service. I now have 33,500 miles on the vehicle and the
parking brake seems to pull up more than 70% of its range of motion.
Also the brake pedal travels lot more than it used to right after the
30,000 miles service.
The dealer is asking USD 55.0 for the job... is it really worth that
much or is it something that I would be able to do myself.
TIA.
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Old 12 Aug 2003, 03:46 pm   #2 (permalink)
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rear brakes are self adjusting

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Old 12 Aug 2003, 06:43 pm   #3 (permalink)
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mark Ransley wrote:
> rear brakes are self adjusting


So are front brakes. :-) So, take a break.
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Old 12 Aug 2003, 07:43 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Also, have you had your front brakes checked? I just did a brake job on my
2000 Camry LE. Pedal will travel more if the pads are worn or fluid is low,
if your fluid is lower, before you add more pull of the front wheels and see
how much your pads are worn. This is a very easy job to do. You can pick up
a Haynes manual for $15 and pads run 30-50 depending on what you need.
Saved myself $165 by doing it myself. So get a manual and a metric toolset
and save some money and learn something new. It is quite satisfying to make
your own minor repairs...
"Pintoo" <shirishm85@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I would like to know the procedure for adjusting the rear drum brakes
> on my 2001 Camry XLE (4 cyl).
> I always use the parking brake, and had the rear brakes adjusted at
> 30,000 miles service. I now have 33,500 miles on the vehicle and the
> parking brake seems to pull up more than 70% of its range of motion.
> Also the brake pedal travels lot more than it used to right after the
> 30,000 miles service.
> The dealer is asking USD 55.0 for the job... is it really worth that
> much or is it something that I would be able to do myself.
> TIA.


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Old 13 Aug 2003, 09:40 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Chuck" <Chuck@invalid-email.net> wrote in message news:<PSKdnfl6GNoPFKSiXTWJjA@comcast.com>...

> Saved myself $165 by doing it myself. So get a manual and a metric toolset
> and save some money and learn something new. It is quite satisfying to make
> your own minor repairs...


This is true.
By cleaning, observing, and making careful repairs, and inspections,
the car can be kept in great condition.
Just remember, not everyone is comfortable using automotive tools
properly. If one has an aptitude for it, can be really rewarding.
But if you're one of those people who is "all thumbs" or has
difficulty remembering which way it is you turn the bolt to tighten
it, you're better off not approaching even brake work.
For the people who consider cars a nuisance, that just cost money and
get in the way of other things, better not to pick up a wrench with
the wrong attitude.
For me personally, I really enjoy working on carrs, and trust my own
efforts more than most mechanics, but I recognize that not everyone is
like I am in this regard.
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Old 13 Aug 2003, 05:03 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Jason James wrote:
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> I dont know why Toyota persist with drums on the back. They do
> provide a better handbrake, but that is all. Rear discs does mean
> a fairly hairy handbrake set-up if the HB is going to be any good.
> Maybe thats why they still use drums.
>
> Jason


There is no need for disc on the rear of lighter cars. Case in
point, when I nail the (non-ABS) brakes on my '03 Corolla, all four
wheels can be locked up, starting with a bit of howling first from
the rear (drum) brakes. So there is no need for disc. There may also
be an argument to be made that a disc assembly has more unsprung
weight.
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