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Old 10 Sep 2006, 09:00 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default rear brake questions 1995

When installing new rear brake shoes, is there a procedure for final
adjustment of the screw adjuster - just enough to get the drum on? Also,
with new shoes, the parking brake was very, very slack-had to adjust the
console locknut to the maximum to get 8 clicks. I would have expected the
opposite, that it would be too tight, since the new shoes are thicker. Is
this correct? Thanks.

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Old 10 Sep 2006, 11:02 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: rear brake questions 1995

Unless I know someone messed with the console locknut I never
touch it. After I do a rear drum brake I look for the rubber plug
covering the adjustment hole in the backing plate and with a brake
spoon or screwdriver lever the adjustment wheel tighter. You can
either set the handbrake about 6 clicks and tighten adjuster till wheel
locks and won't spin by hand or have handbrake down and tighten
adjuster till wheel drags so it only rotates about once when spinning
by hand. You usually try to pry adjuster wheel up or down. One way
will be harder because adjuster is made to turn only in tighening
direction. Turn adjuster in easier way that "clicks". To loosen
adjustment you must push in bent wire to push in metal arm that jams
wheel to turn only in one direction. And you must also fit in brake
spoon. Use a flashlight and mirror to look in little hole. Repeat for
other wheel.
Sometimes if you can't use the "turn the adjuster through the hole
method then you can use the automatic adjuster to tighten them up. You
can also use the automatic adjusters for final adjustment after
adjusting through adjusting hole. On camrys I think you pull the
handbrake lever up all the way till it is tight. When doing this try
to not step on brakes and also try stepping on brakes. When it is
tight then you should get about 7 to 9 clicks on handbrake. So I
recommend putting console locknut back in original location and
adjusting as I have instructed. Sometimes you can tell by color of
threads where locknut was originally and tighten locknut against nut
with 2 wrenches.
camry-keeper wrote:
> When installing new rear brake shoes, is there a procedure for final
> adjustment of the screw adjuster - just enough to get the drum on? Also,
> with new shoes, the parking brake was very, very slack-had to adjust the
> console locknut to the maximum to get 8 clicks. I would have expected the
> opposite, that it would be too tight, since the new shoes are thicker. Is
> this correct? Thanks.


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Old 11 Sep 2006, 10:35 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: rear brake questions 1995

camry-keeper wrote:
> When installing new rear brake shoes, is there a procedure for final
> adjustment of the screw adjuster

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Yes.

See:
http://www.turboninjas.com/camry/

Actually, the FSM (factory service manual) tells you to turn the
adjuster to the minimum length when installing, then after the brake
drum is installed, go inside the car and pull up on the hand brake
lever until you hear the clicking stop.
Obviously, you just push in on the release button and continue lifting
up (and down) the lever until you no longer hear the clicks each time
the brake shoes adjust.
Took me about two or three minutes that way.
Before you install the drum, they tell you to move the adjustment lever
and make sure it turns the star wheel.

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Old 11 Sep 2006, 11:56 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: rear brake questions 1995

Usually you adjust the star wheel on the automatic adjuster to keep the
shoe a proper distance from the drum, not the cable lock nut.

The Star wheel is backed off 8 clicks from the position where the shoes
are in contact with the drum. Unless the cable streched, which is very
rare, I never had to touch the cable lock nut on any car. The 8 clicks
sounds like is for the star adjuster. The emergency handle, at least on
later models, are usually spec'ed to hold with a range of about 5-9
clicks.


camry-keeper wrote:
> When installing new rear brake shoes, is there a procedure for final
> adjustment of the screw adjuster - just enough to get the drum on? Also,
> with new shoes, the parking brake was very, very slack-had to adjust the
> console locknut to the maximum to get 8 clicks. I would have expected the
> opposite, that it would be too tight, since the new shoes are thicker. Is
> this correct? Thanks.


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