Question about 2002 Chrysler Town & Country
Replace rear brake pads How do you back off the brake shoes?
There is a rubber plug back below the brake line. Remove the plug and use a regular screwdriver to reach in and turn the adjuster. I think you want to turn it down, but if that makes it tighter I'm obviously wrong. You will have to turn it many times to get them loose. If you have more questions, please reply.
Posted on Sep 10, 2010
I'm a little confused by your question, so if I'm off remember, I was just trying to help. you have rear pads (disc brakes)? and are trying to get the caliper pistons to retract so you can get the pads on? If that's right, use a C-clamp to push the pistons back. After you're done, depress the brake pedal several times before starting the car to make the pistons push back out and take up the slack, and raise the foot pedal to its normal height.
If you have drum brakes (with shoes) and are trying to back off the pressure, hold the flange that prevents the star wheel adjuster from turning the wrong way up out of the way, and turn the star wheel in the reverse direction.
Posted on Sep 10, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hello, this do it yourself project is very manageable if it is brake pads that you are replacing on your car; if they are disc shoes it may be a little bit harder. In essence a brake job can be done straight out of a auto manual for your car and is not to diffucult as long as you follow good safety procedures while jacking up your vehicle and removing your wheels. First, I would park your car and setting your parking break will make your rear brakes impossible to get off so do not set it. I would however keep this in mind and be very careful working on your car then. I would chaulk your front wheel with a chaulk block or a brick. I would loosen your lug nuts just to break the intial torque I would then jack up the rear of your vehicle and set jack stands under your car in the proper locations. Then systematically, remover your wheel and then the two bolts holding your caliper to the spindle. Carefully, remove the caliper and do not let it hang becuase you will bend your brake line. Remove old shoes, then compress the caliper with a caliper compression tool from your local auto parts store or a c-clamp and a small block of wood. Inspect the rotor for deep gouges, a blue tint, or if you know you have gotten them really hot before I would replace the rotor. Next, install the new brake pads, put rotor back onto spindle and insert bolts back into caliper housing. Repeat for the next side and put the wheel back on and remember to torque your lug nuts to the proper specification. I hope this fixes your problem for you!
Posted on May 25, 2009
does it hav a drum or rotor? if drum then get a hanes manual if rotor grab a big pair of pliers and squeeze. also put the old pads back on and put the caliper back on and take a screwdriver near the top of the cailper put it in between the rotor and cailper and pull towards you firmly and steady.
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
its more or less and backing plate you can drive without it it keeps brakes cool and gravell free > speaking as a tech you should replace it?
Posted on Aug 27, 2009
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