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Rear Brakes not actuating. - 1997 Dodge Dakota

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Is the ABS light on? If not, then readjust rear brakes (behind brake drum) or maybe a bad master cylinder.

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Removal Procedure Tools RequiredJ 38400
Caution: Keep fingers away from rear brake shoe springs to prevent fingers from being pinched between spring and shoe web or spring and backing plate.
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    Notice: Do not over stretch the adjuster spring. Damage can occur if the spring is over stretched.
  3. Use the J 38400 in order remove the adjuster spring (1). Disengage the adjuster spring loop from the tab on the adjuster actuator.
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  5. Use the J 38400 in order to spread the brake shoes apart.
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Installation Procedure

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    Important: Ensure that the adjuster (2) engages the brake shoes (4 and 5), the park brake actuator (3), and the adjuster actuator (1) properly.
  3. Install the adjuster.

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