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Do i turn star adjuster clockwise or counterclockwise to tighten rear brakes on 1998 F150

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Counter-clockwise

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    Instructions

    Park the vehicle on a level surface and make sure the front wheels are pointing straight ahead. Make sure the vehicle is in park (or in gear if you have manual transmission) and set the parking brake.

    Disconnect the pitman arm from the steering box from underneath the front of the vehicle by turning the holding bolt in a counterclockwise direction with an adjustable wrench. Place a pitman arm puller (available at auto parts stores) over the pitman arm and tighten the nut on the puller in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench until the pitman arm loosens from the steering box shaft. Remove the pitman arm and the puller.

    Open the hood and loosen the lock nut on top of the steering box from the engine compartment with an adjustable wrench in a counterclockwise direction.

    Place a torque wrench on the steering shaft and turn the wrench one complete turn. Make sure the torque reading is approximately 2 inch pounds. Tighten the adjusting nut on top of the steering box (it comes out of the center of the lock nut) in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench one half turn if the torque wrench reading is too low. Loosen the nut in a counterclockwise direction if the reading is too high.

    Rotate the steering shaft with the torque wrench again. Make adjustments to the steering box adjusting nut as described in Step 4, if needed, until the correct reading is obtained on the torque wrench.

    Make sure the steering wheel is in the straight ahead position and reattach the pitman arm to the bottom of the steering shaft on the steering box. Tighten the holding nut in a clockwise direction with an adjustable wrench until the pitman arm seats into place.

    Tighten the lock nut on top of the steering box with an adjustable wrench in a clockwise direction. Close the hood

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    Emergency brake adjustment


    There are 2 ways. It has rear drum in hat style brakes, meaning it has pads and rotors for basic brakes, but incorporated in the rotor is a drum with park brake shoes inside. Remove rear pads and rotors, check the condition of the park brake shoes. Tighten the star wheel adjuster while installing the rotor, keep repeating until rotor feels snug pushing on. Repeat other side reassemble. If still doesn't feel tight, there is an adjustment nut on the left rear side on the cable. The nut is where the 2 rear cables meet, it can be tightened. Do not tighten first, if you ever need park brake shoes later they will not allow the rotors to go back on.

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    Replaced the bulbs and checked fuse but the brakelights fail to work. Could it be a switch.


    Yes, it could be the switch behind your brake pedal.

    1. Remove the driver's side instrument panel trim panel/sound insulator.
    2. Detach the switch electrical connector.
    3. Remove the switch from the retainer by grasping it, turning the switch 90° counterclockwise, and pulling it toward the rear of the car.

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    The brake light switch (3) is mounted on the brake pedal support (1) and secured with a retainer (2)

    To install:
    1. Insert the brake light switch into the retainer until the switch body seats on the retainer.
    2. Pull the brake pedal upward against the internal pedal stop.
    3. Turn the switch 90° clockwise in order to lock it into position.

    NOTE Proper switch adjustment is achieved when no clicks are heard as the pedal is pulled upward and when the brake lights do not stay on without brake application.


    1. Attach the switch electrical connector and test the switch for proper adjustment.
    2. Adjust the brake light switch, as follows:
      1. Detach the switch electrical connector.
      2. Remove the switch from the retainer by turning it counterclockwise 45°, and pulling it toward the rear of the car.
      3. Insert the switch into the retainer until the switch bottoms out against the brake pedal and the switch actuator button is fully depressed.
      4. Snap the switch into the retainer by turning it clockwise 45° until a click is heard.
    3. Attach the switch electrical connector.
    4. Install the hush panel/sound insulator.
    5. Connect the negative battery cable.

    Sep 13, 2010 | 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass

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    How do I adust the emergency brake


    There is an adjuster under the console. See instructions below from autozone.com:

    1. On vehicle with low series floor console:
    1. If equipped, remove the manual transmission shift knob by turning counterclockwise.
    2. Remove the floor console front finish panel.
    3. Apply the parking brake, then remove the floor console rear finish panel.

    1. On vehicle with high series floor console:
    1. Apply the parking brake.
    2. Remove the floor console finish panel.

    1. Remove the adjustment nut clip.
    2. Turn the parking brake control adjustment nut so that the parking brake control stroke is three to five notches when pulled.

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    3. Confirm the parking brake is applied.
    4. Install the adjustment nut clip.
    1. On vehicles with high series floor console:
      1. Install the floor console rear finish panel.

    1. On vehicles with low series floor console:
    1. Install the floor console rear finish panel.
    2. Install the floor console front finish panel. If equipped, install the manual transmission shifter knob by turning clockwise.
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    1996 f150 4x4 -can't get the rear drum off to get to the breaks


    Try these:
    1. Most of the current shoe/drum systems on the rears have self-adjusters that are designed to advance the adjuster wheel when you back up briskly and slam on the brakes. You may need to push the flat metal self-adjuster tab out of the way of the starred adjust wheel. If you don't you can be only pushing on it so far and then it's just going to spring back.
    Take a flashlight and look closely in the adjuster hole, see if you can find the metal tab. It will be on the far side away from the adjuster hole.
    Push the tab farther away from the star wheel and then stick the adjuster tool in on the star wheel and give it another try.

    2.You may be tightening the shoes into the drum instead of loosening them. Try turning the adjuster in the other direction.

    3. Get some spray lube/ with a small tube to attach to the spray head.
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    Trying to get diagram to change a timing belt for a 99 mercury mystique


    Ford TSB 99-25-4 provides the following corrected information:
    To achieve proper timing belt tension on this engine, Ford says the camshaft sprocket bolts should be loosened enough to permit the sprockets to turn freely on the camshafts. Once this has been done, rotate the crankshaft clockwise so cylinder No. 1 is at top dead center. Then, install the camshaft alignment tool in the camshaft slots to hold the cams in place.
    1. Back out the tensioner bolt four full turns and position the tensioner so the locating tab is at approximately the 4 o'clock position. Line up the hex key slot in the tensioner-adjusting washer with the pointer that is located behind the pulley.
    2. Working counterclockwise from the crank sprocket, install the timing belt.
    3. Rotate the tensioner locating tab counterclockwise and insert the locating tab into the slot in the rear timing cover.
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    5. Tighten the attaching bolt enough to seat the tensioner firmly against the rear timing cover, but still allow the tensioner adjusting washer to be rotated using a 6 mm hex key.
    6. Using the hex key, rotate the adjusting washer counterclockwise until the notch in the pointer is centered over the index line on the locating tab. (The pointer will move in a clockwise direction during adjustment).
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    The adjuster is just like on a car with drum brakes. It can be adjusted with the wheels still on the truck, but if yours is out enough that it doesn't work, an inspection is warranted. Axle seal failure is common and will soak the shoes.

    Jacked both rear wheels off ground, and while slowly spinning wheel, tighten the star-wheel adjuster until you just hear and feel brake drums rubbing, then loosened slightly.
    There's a plastic dust cover about 1/4" X 1" that you remove, and use a drum brake adjuster tool.

    The driverside access hole is below axle, easily accessable. To tighten driver side rear parking brake, turn star-wheel adjuster down.


    The passengerside access hole is found above axle, and difficult to see. Removed pass side wheel and used an inspection mirror.
    To tighten passenger side rear parking brake, turn star-wheel adjuster up.

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    Remove the blanking plug, completely screw in the special tool and auto-align the crankshaft to TDC.

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    1. swp~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not rotate the crankshaft; as necessary check that it is still resting against the timing pin.
      NOTE: Design without lower idler pulley shown (built 06/1999 onwards).
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    1. NOTE: Incorrect timing belt tension will cause incorrect valve timing.
    2. Pre tension the timing belt.
    3. Rotate the tensioner locating tab counterclockwise and insert the locating tab into the slot in the rear timing cover.
    4. Position the hex key slot in the tensioner adjusting washer to the 4 o'clock position.
    5. Tighten the attaching bold enough to seat the tensioner firmly against the rear timing cover, but still allow the tensioner adjusting washer to be rotated using a 6mm hex key.
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    Parking Brake Cable Adjustment Vehicle with low series floor console
    1. Remove the floor console front finish panel.
      1. If equipped, remove the manual transmission shift knob by turning counterclockwise.
      1. Remove the floor console front finish panel.
    1. Remove the floor console rear finish panel.
      1. Apply the parking brake.
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    1. Remove the floor console finish panel.
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      1. Remove the floor console finish panel.
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    1. Confirm the parking brake is applied.
    1. Install the adjustment nut clip.
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    1. Install the floor console rear finish panel.
    1. Install the floor console front finish panel.
      • If equipped, install the manual transmission shifter knob by turning clockwise.

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    You can't remove the rotors because the emergency brake is tight on the inside of the rotors. Make sure it's not engaged when you are working on the rear brakes. Block the front tires for saftey. Then you have to remove the rear calipers from the mounting brackets, there are two bolts that hold the calipers on. Make sure you hang the calipers securily with some wire so you don't damage the rubber brake line hose. Then you need to adjust the emergency parking brake shoes in order to remove the rotors. Theres a rubber plug on the backside of the rear hubs, once you look at the back of the hub you'll see the plug. It's on the top. Once you take out the plug, you need to use a screw driver to turn the star spindel. You need to turn the star spindel counter-clockwise in order to give yourself enough clearance to remove the rotors. The beauty of this design is that ford incorporated a drum and caliper system together, but it's difficult to take off the rotors if the emergency brake shoes are to tight. The inside of the rotors acts as the drums for the emergency brake system. I've done this and it's not that hard, but, I did have to replace the emergency brake shoes because they were worn out and the shoes fell off the metal backing plates when I finally got the rotors to come off. They only glued these shoes onto the backing plates, they don't rivet them so take your time getting the rotors off or you can damage the emergency brake shoes, but if you do they are cheap at napa. My service guide says to install the new rotors, use a couple of lug nuts to hold it on, then adjust the star spindal for the emergency brake all the way clockwise until you can't turn it anymore, then you must back it off 8 clicks counter-clockwise. Make sure the emergency brake is not engaged when you are doing this, the 8 clicks backwards compensates for when you do engage the parking brake because the shoes expands outwards. This adjustment sets the emergency brakes so they work properly. Once the emergency brake is properly set you can't remove the rear rotors, which is what your initial problem is. Then install the rubber plug back in the hole, put on the new pads and calipers and you're good to go.

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