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Rear drum brakes are poor

Everthing is new cables cylinders and shoes all is adjusted correctly but they wont meet the requirements for mot test

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Air in brake lines, bleed them at cylinders.
buy a can of the proper brake fluid, fill near top. bleed out until bubbles cease. make sure that the reservoir doesn't get too low

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I have a 23 t bucket and i cant get a brake pedal.when i bought it had very little brake so i replaced rear shoes and cylinders,front pads and calipers,all new lines and the master cylinder


Once you have bled the air from the brake lines,clamp off the front brake hoses carefully.Does the pedal feel better now?
Then the pad /caliper fit is allowing too much play.Is the pedal the same?Then clamp the rear hose and try the pedal.Is it fine with the rear hose clamped?If so we now know the problem is at the rear brakes.One common low pedal rear brake cause is brake shoes that do not fit the drums.Remove the drums and look at the shoes,are they showing contact wear fully or just in the middle of the shoe?Remove a shoe and place it in the drum.Can you rock the shoe against the drum surface?Once drums have been resurfaced,the shoes will not fit fully against the drum allowing the shoe the flex when applying pressure to it and this can easily create a low soft brake pedal. Of course rear brake adjustment must be correct once brake shoe contact is correct.To correct brake shoe contact,have your shoes re arc-ed to fit resurfaced drums or install new drums.Don't overlook brake master cyl /brake pedal push rod adjustment too.

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How do you change rear drum brake shoes on a 1999 couger.


SECTION 206-02: Drum Brake 1999 Cougar Workshop Manual REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Procedure revision date: 09/14/2001 Brake Shoes Removal
  1. Loosen the wheel nuts.
  1. Raise and support the vehicle. For additional information, refer to Section 100-02.
  1. Remove the wheel.
  1. Release the brake shoe automatic adjuster.
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  1. Remove the brake drum.
    1. Remove the retainers (if equipped).
    1. Remove the drum.
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  1. Make sure that the hub flange is in the correct position as shown.
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  1. Remove the hold down springs.
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  1. Disconnect the parking brake cable.
    1. Lever the secondary shoe outwards.
    1. Disconnect the cable from the secondary shoe.
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  1. Disconnect the shoes from the anchor block.
    1. Disconnect the shoes from the anchor block.
    1. Remove the lower return spring.
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    Detach the shoes from the wheel cylinder.
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  1. Hold the wheel cylinder pistons in place with a rubber band.
  1. Remove the upper return spring.
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  1. Remove the primary shoe from the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
    1. Rotate the adjuster counterclockwise.
    1. Remove the primary shoe.
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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: Take care as the strut support spring is under tension.
    Detach the secondary shoe from the strut support.
    • Detach the strut from the shoe by levering the strut against the shoe.
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  1. Remove the parking brake return spring.
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Installation
NOTE: Install new shoes as axle sets.
  1. Clean, check and apply Silicon Dielectric Compound D742-18A331-A or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESA-M1C171-A to the backing plate contact points.
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  1. Install the parking brake return spring.
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  1. Install the secondary shoe to the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
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  1. Install the primary shoe to the strut and brake shoe adjuster.
    1. Install the primary shoe.
    1. Rotate the adjuster fully clockwise.
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  1. Install the upper return spring.
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  1. Remove the rubber band holding the wheel cylinder pistons in place.
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    Position the shoes to the wheel cylinder.
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  1. Position the shoes to the anchor block.
    1. Install the lower return spring.
    1. Position the shoes to the anchor block.
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  1. Install the hold down springs.
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  1. Install the parking brake cable.
    1. Lever the secondary shoe outwards.
    1. Install the cable to the secondary shoe.
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  1. Install the brake drum.
    1. Install the drum.
    1. Install the retainers (if equipped).
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  1. Install the wheel.
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  1. Operate the brake pedal to achieve automatic adjustment.

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1994 corolla 1.3,rear n/side brake drum runs hot, new shoes fiitted,is it poor wheel cylinder pistons?


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I need a schematic for the rear brakes on an F150 super cab with 4.6L automatic trans 4wheel drive


Drum, Rear Brake System Standard Rear Brake
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Item Part Number Description 1 2069 Brake Shoe Hold-Down Spring Pin 2 — Rear Wheel Cylinder Retaining Bolt (2 Req'd) 3 — Washer (2 Req'd) 4 — Anchor Pin (Part of 2211) 5 — Wheel Cylinder 6 2028 Brake Shoe Anchor Pin Guide Plate 7 2A637 Parking Brake Lever 8 2296 Brake Shoe Retracting Spring (Short) 9 2296 Brake Shoe Retracting Spring (Long) 10 2200 Rear Brake Shoe and Lining (Secondary) 11 — Washer 12 2106 Parking Brake Lever Pin Retainer 13 — Brake Shoe Adjusting Lever Cable Guide 14 2A642 Primary Brake Shoe Parking Brake Lever Link 15 2A601 Parking Brake Link Spring 16 2068 Brake Shoe Hold-Down Spring 17 2A176 Brake Shoe Adjusting Lever 18 2048 Brake Shoe Adjusting Screw Socket 19 2047 Brake Shoe Adjusting Screw Nut 20 2041 Brake Adjusting Screw 21 2049 Brake Shoe Adjusting Screw Spring 22 2200 Rear Brake Shoe and Lining (Primary) 23 2A178 Brake Shoe Adjusting Lever Cable 24 2211 Brake Backing Plate
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Item Part Number Description 1 — Rear Wheel Cylinder Retaining Bolt 2 00538 Lock Nut 3 2212 Rear Brake Backing Plate 4 2262 Rear Wheel Cylinder 5 2A642 Primary Brake Shoe Parking Brake Lever Link 6 2A601 Parking Brake Link Spring 7 2A637 Parking Brake Lever 8 2106 Parking Brake Lever Pin Retainer 9 — Parking Brake Lever Bolt 10 — Secondary Shoe Assembly 11 2A179 Brake Shoe Adjusting Lever Cable Guide 12 2068 Brake Shoe Hold-Down Spring 13 — Adjusting Lever Pin 14 — Adjusting Lever Return Spring 15 2A176 Brake Shoe Adjusting Lever 16 2047 Brake Shoe Adjusting Screw Nut 17 2049 Brake Shoe Adjusting Screw Spring 18 2041 Brake Adjuster Screw 19 — Primary Shoe Assembly 20 2068 Brake Shoe Hold-Down Spring 21 2200 Rear Brake Shoe and Lining 22 2035 Brake Shoe Retracting Spring 23 2A178 Brake Shoe Adjusting Lever Cable 24 2092 Brake Adjusting Hole Cover 25 2069 Brake Shoe Hold-Down Spring Pin
The rear drum brakes:
  • Have internal shoes that expand against the brake drum (1126).
  • Are a single-anchor type.
  • Are actuated by one rear wheel cylinder (2262).
  • Have two pistons in the rear wheel cylinder (2261). One exerts force against the upper end of the primary shoe; the other exerts force against the upper end of the secondary shoe.
  • Adjust rear brake shoes and linings (2200) automatically.
  • Need manual brake adjustment if the adjusters are not operating properly or after the rear brake shoes and linings have been replaced.
When the brake pedal is applied, hydraulic fluid pressure forces the pistons in the rear wheel cylinder outward, moving the rear brake shoes and linings against the brake drum.
The rear drum brake system includes the parking brake mechanism. Refer to Section 206-05 .

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Rear brakes uneven breaking as per mot tester


The Chardes have a diagonal split system, so one of the front discs is plumbed to the diagonally located rear drum.

You may need to check the front brakes too and that they have been bleed properly.

Other common cause of uneven braking are:

seized wheel cylinder;
brake hose obstruction or weakend wall;
weak pull off spring on shoe;
uneven drum roundness;
compensator/proportioning valve dicky.

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