Question about 2003 Suzuki Aerio
I just replaced the shoes on my rear brakes and cant get the drums to fit back over the shoes, any ideas what i can do?
The new shoes are thicker than the old ones. You need to turn the adjuster in "till you get proper clearance. Self adjuster screw is often frozen... if so, use a good solvent and coat threads with white grease before re-using. Once you do this, the drum will go back on. Heres a tip: use a round file or 60grit sandpaper to knock down the rusted lip on the inside leading edge of the drum (the edge that is closest to the backing plate when installed) This edge is cut off when machining the drum, most people working at home don't have drums cut and therefore run into this problem. Don't adjust too tight, or you will burn the new linings. Allow the self adjusters to take up the slack.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
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It is a good idea to only disassemble and assemble one side at a time, leaving the other side intact as a reference.
The drum brakes are self-adjusting and require a manual adjustment only after the brake shoes have been replaced, or when the length of the adjusting screw has been changed while performing some other service operation.
Fig. Fig. 2: When using a brake adjustment gauge, first measure the inside diameter of the drum (top) and then adjust the brakes shoes to the proper outside diameter (bottom)
Fig. Fig. 3: Measure brake shoe thickness in several places around the shoe
Inspect the brake shoes for wear using a ruler or Vernier caliper. Compare measurements to the brake specifications chart. If the lining is thinner than specification or there is evidence of the lining being contaminated by brake fluid or oil, replace all brake pad assemblies (a complete axle set).
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