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Old 03-20-2010, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I adjust the rear brakes?

I did a lot of searching but did not find actual instructions on how to adjust the rear brakes. I have rear drums and pictures would be great. All the links I found in the search were not able to be found.
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jack up rear and put on jack stands.
with truck out of gear, crawl under and pull the plugs on the break backing plates.
with a large flat blade screw driver turn the star wheel until the breaks drag.
back off about 4 notches until the wheel turns free.
put the plugs back in.
do the other wheel the same way.
put the truck back on the ground.

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if the auto adjust is working in the brakes, go to a large empty parking lot.
back the truck up at a fast walk and slam on the brakes hard.
repeat until the brakes are adjusted and you have good peddle.
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There is an adjustment wheel at the bottom of the brake assembly. Adust it out until the shoes rub when the drum is rotated, then back them off little by little until they stop rubbing. Drive forward and stop, backward and stop until the pedal feels good. <--- From Haynes manual. I used this procedure and its worked well.
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I would just do it manually the way Jimbowe described. I would do it twice, after the first time drive around for 500 or so miles and then adjust them again. Not hard to do but worth it.
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