Question about 2000 Dodge Caravan
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-jack up & remove wheel
-slide off drum (emergency brake off)
-remove springs between shoes, parking brake cable, pin thru backing plate with spring and twist cap retainer holding shoes to backing plate, draw or take a picture of each side before you disassemble as they may not be the same exactly on both sides
-check drum thickness & condition (have turned by shop or replace as required)
-rotate adjusting stars in all the way so that new assembly is not spread too wide to fit back in drum
-clean all parts well and re-assemble, use brake cleaner spray only! lubricate friction points of backing plate with high temp lithium grease-very small dab only! (important to double-check all the spring positions and levers and mechanical pieces during re-assembly
-brakes will self adjust to correct position while in reverse and applying pedal you may hear them clicking
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
hi! the pads will be rutted into the drum, you need to release them first with the cables backed off and the cams wound down, then just tap off the drums!
Posted on Dec 20, 2008
put the back of car on jack stands and secure the front tires so it does not roll and then remove the bolts off the back of the caliper there is normally two one at top and one at bottom and spray it with some kind of oil for rust and make sure you have the right size socket before you try to loosen them and once caliper is off and the old pads removed take one of the old pads and squeeze the piston on the caliper back in by using a "C" clamp and also remove some of the brake fluid from the master cylinder before you do this put the new ones back on and check the brake fluid and make sure it is full and then pump the brakes to make sure you have a good pedal also put some "No Squeak" brake stop on the back of the pads so they don't squeak they will have that where you buy the pads from
Posted on Mar 01, 2009
The rear brakes should last from 30000 to 60000 miles or 50000 to 100000 kms. So something is wearing out your brakes too fast. Are you doing the work or some shop. I also assume you have discs and not drums since you mention pads and calipers. I am not certain but usually you need a tool to turn the pistion in when putting in new pads. I would make sure the pads are releasing properly by raising rear of car, stepping on brakes a few times (with engine off and try see if wheels are free by spinning by hand, also try to use handbrake a few times and release it and see if wheels spin freely. Maybe rears always applied. Notice burning smell, are discs glazed from heat? Are you using really cheap pads. Also check the proportioning valve which will decrease pressure to rear brakes during hard braking. Do you notice rear wheels squeling during hard braking. Do you have antilock brake system? Also are you using good quality pads and rotors.
Posted on Apr 30, 2009
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