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Position of the large brake shoe on rear drum brake

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  • don brogan Aug 26, 2010

    I have heard both ways so I put the larger shoe toward the front. Drove about 2 miles and rear brakes were smoking. Came home and called NAPA. They said large shoe always hooks to the parking brake cable which is at the rear position on my 1996 F150. Reinstalled brake shoe with large shoe in toward rear of truck, hooked to brake cable. Test drove, works great. I hope this helps someone else.

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The shorter shoe has to go to the self-energizing side. In most assemblies (with the slave piston on top), this is the front. The reason is, the self-energized shoe gets more force onto the drum and a long shoe will exacerbate that. The shorter shoe allows for balanced loads. I don't think it matters which side the parking brake goes to. In some cars the parking brake hooks to the front shoe on one side and the rear shoe on the other side.

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To the rear.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

  • don brogan Aug 26, 2010

    I have heard both ways so I put the larger shoe toward the front. Drove about 2 miles and rear brakes were smoking. Came home and called NAPA. They said large shoe always hooks to the parking brake cable which is at the rear position on my 1996 F150. Reinstalled brake shoe with large shoe in toward rear of truck, hooked to brake cable. Test drove, works great. I hope this helps someone else.

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The larger shoe goes toward the front of the vehicle,guarantying better braking with ford motion then with re-ward motion (which should always be slower).

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

  • don brogan Aug 26, 2010

    I have heard both ways so I put the larger shoe toward the front. Drove about 2 miles and rear brakes were smoking. Came home and called NAPA. They said large shoe always hooks to the parking brake cable which is at the rear position on my 1996 F150. Reinstalled brake shoe with large shoe in toward rear of truck, hooked to brake cable. Test drove, works great. I hope this helps someone else.

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