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Make sure your handbrake cable is adjusted properly. Adjust the rear brake shoes down to where the wheels turn freely with the linings only just touching the drums. Be sure to pump the pedal a few times after adjusting, then try again.
The front wheels (pads and calipers) will just about never bind, so concentrate on the rear wheels. If you do suspect the front wheels, release the bleeder valve for just a second and then try again.
To adjust the handbrake, or emergency brake, you will need to adjust your rear brake shoes. This can be done with a brake spoon. Chock the front wheels, jack the rear of the vehicle up, and on the back side of the wheel/tire/drum assembly, you will see at the top a rubber stopper, remove it, and then you will be able to use the brake spoon to adjust the brakes. Take note that you should adjust the brakes until the back tire will bearly rotate/spin freely.
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.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION It is a good idea to only disassemble and assemble one side at a time, leaving the other side intact as a reference.
Raise and support the vehicle safely.
Remove the brake drum.
Disconnect the parking brake rear cable and conduit.
Remove the brake shoe hold-down springs and brake shoe hold-down pins.
Remove the brake shoe adjusting screw spring.
Remove the brake shoe adjusting lever and adjuster screw.
Remove the brake shoe retracting spring.
Remove the brake shoes from the backing plate.
Remove and discard the parking brake lever clip. Remove the washer.
Remove the parking brake lever from the rear brake shoe.
Thoroughly clean the backing plate with brake cleaning solvent and dry completely.
Use silicone grease to lubricate the brake backing plate-to-brake shoe contact areas.
Apply a light coating of premium grease to the threaded areas of the adjuster. Turn the adjuster in and out to spread the lubricant. Turn the adjuster all the way down on the screw and loosen one-half turn.
Install the parking brake lever to the rear (secondary) brake shoe with a new clip.
Position the brake shoes on the backing plate and install the brake shoe hold-down springs.
Attach the parking brake rear cable and conduit to the parking brake lever.
Attach the brake shoe retracting spring.
The socket end of the brake adjuster screw is stamped with "R" or "L" to indicate that it is to be installed either on the right (passenger's side) or left (driver's side) of the vehicle. The adjuster nuts can be distinguished by the number of grooves machined around the body of the nut. Two grooves indicate a right-hand adjuster nut and one groove indicates a left-hand adjuster nut. Another way to identify brake adjuster assemblies is to check thread pitch. The right side adjuster assembly has right-hand threads and the left side has left-hand threads. If installed correctly, the brake adjuster assembly will increase in length when the brake shoe adjusting lever is operated.
Install brake adjuster screw in the slots on the brake shoes. The wider slot on the socket end must fit in the slot on the front (primary) brake shoe.
Install the brake shoe adjusting lever on the lever pin.
Install the brake adjusting screw in the slot on the secondary brake shoe and in the slot on the brake shoe lever. The brake shoe adjusting lever should contact the brake adjuster screw.
Adjust the brake shoes.
Install the drums.
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. Drum Installed
Raise and support the vehicle safely.
Remove the rubber plug from the adjusting slot on the backing plate.
Insert a Brake Adjustment Tool (D81L-1103-C) or equivalent into the slot and engage the lowest possible tooth on the starwheel. Move the end of the brake spoon downward to move the starwheel upward and expand the adjusting screw. Repeat this operation until the brakes lock the wheels.
Insert a small screwdriver or piece of firm wire (coat hanger wire) into the adjusting slot and push the automatic adjusting lever out and free of the starwheel on the adjusting screw and hold it there.
Engage the topmost tooth possible on the starwheel with the brake adjusting spoon. Move the end of the adjusting spoon upward to move the adjusting screw starwheel downward and contract the adjusting screw. Back off the adjusting screw starwheel until the wheel spins freely with a minimum of drag. Keep track of the number of turns that the starwheel is backed off, or the number of strokes taken with the brake adjusting spoon.
Repeat this operation for the other side. When backing off the brakes on the other side, the starwheel adjuster must be backed off the same number of turns to prevent side-to-side brake pull.
When the brakes are adjusted, make several stops while backing the vehicle to equalize the brakes on both of the wheels.
Lower the vehicle.
See Figure 2
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)
Remove the brake drum.
Make sure that the shoe-to-contact pad areas are clean and properly lubricated.
Using a Brake Adjustment Gauge (D81L-1103-A) or equivalent, check the inside diameter of the drum.
Measure across the diameter of the assembled brake shoes, at their widest point.
Turn the adjusting screw so that the diameter of the shoes is 0.030 in. (0.76mm) less than the brake drum inner diameter.
Install the drum.
See Figure 3
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).
either with a brake spoon or by backing up at 15mph and hitting the brakes hard, because most have auto ajusters that ratchet up when you back up and hit the brakes. if that doesn't work, take it to a brake shop and have the adjusters checked, as they can gum up and not work properly.
LIFT THE CAR AND ON BACK OF WHEEL YOU HAVE SMALL OVAL RUBER. INSIDE HAVE TOOTHED NUT. USE SCREWDRIVER AND ADJUST HAND BRAKE (UP OR DOWN). ON THE END, WHEEL MUST STILL TURN FREELY. ADJUST BOTH WHEELS. HANDBRAKE WILL ENGAGE SOONER AUTOMATICLY SINCE YOU DO BASIC (MEHANICAL) ADJUSTMENT. MARKO
sounds like you have a brake claiper piston not return causing the brake pads to drag, jack up both wheels and spin to see if you can feel or hear drag, give the wheel a hard spin and see if it stops right away or seems to spin freely, could be the drag of the pads on the rotor, or wheel bearings need repack or even as much as brake residual fluid pressure on calipers cuased by improper brake mc pushrod adjustment, if you have had any recent brake work like a MC replacement it could be that it was not properly adjusted as far as pedal free play... check those.. please let me know if this helps, rate my help...thanks