Question about 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier
I went to change the back brakes and the left one wouldn't come off esly then when i went to put the drum back on it wont because the brake is on just on that side.
You probably need to back brake adjuster off so it will allow you to get the drum back on. The adjuster is in the center at the bottom and it ratchets up and down. You either access it from the backing plate area or from the front after putting the drum back on but either way there is a rubber plug cover that you will have to remove first to get to it. Good Luck
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
Make sure the parking brake is not on if not you can turn the star wheel adjuster on the bottom of the assembly to reduce the diameter of the assembly
Posted on Jun 20, 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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