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Changed the rear Brakes in my 1992 Ford F-150 2 wheel drive Pickup. On the passenger side rear with the adjuster all the way in, the drum was still difficult to put back on. Put it on anyway and went for a test drive. Brakes don't appear to be sticking or grabbing but felt the drum and the passenger side was much warmer (Hot to the Touch) than the other side. Any Ideas?

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Pull both drums and VERY CAREFULLY compare the left and right side, check all the hardware and return springs, position of the shoes, etc. (You know that the left and right are mirror images of each other, as you look at each assembly, think "front vs. rear" not "right vs. left"
Are the shoes pulled tight against the adjuster and the top post? Check to see that the shoes are resting on the backing plates at the correct points, especially near the bottom.
Make sure the shoes are the correct size and have the same mounting points as the old shoes.

Something is wrong. While you may not feel it sticking or grabbing, the excessive heat will cause trouble, including possibly causing the outer wheel bearing to fail.

You must get this fixed, if you cannot resolve the problem, take it to someone who can. Do not ignore this and hope it will correct itself. It won't.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

Testimonial: "Daleinaz: The shoes were not tight against the top post because the emergengy brake cable was pulled tight, thus, not allowing shoes to align properly. The emergency cable will not release. I have taken it loose from the yoke under the drivers door and it still won't release. Any Ideas"

  • cshultz64 Aug 23, 2010

    Daleinaz:
    The shoes were not tight against the top post because the emergengy brake cable was pulled tight, thus, not allowing shoes to align properly. The emergency cable will not release. I have taken it loose from the yoke under the drivers door and it still won't release. Any Ideas.

  • dale blankenship Aug 29, 2010

    Was the cable only tight on the one side, or both sides? (I assume the parking brake pedal is in the released position.) Make sure that it is routed correctly. Maybe it has been caught in the suspension or exhaust system in some way?
    See if you can find a friend with a similar vehicle to look at. Lacking that, you may have to take it to a shop that you trust. If you can't get the shoes into proper position, you may have to disconnect the cable from the shoe (inside the drum assembly). That would at least allow you to drive it to a shop.
    Sometimes the shoes can slip off the mounting pads on the backing plate, and you need to pull them outward (away from the backing plate) in order to let them move into the correct position.

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