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Re: dodge ram 1500 v8
Go to an auto parts store like autozone and buy a chilton's or haynes repair manual specific to the make/model of your vehicle. they are about $20. these books will walk you through your repair step by step. either manual is good, i prefer chiltons because i found it to offer greater detail with repair.
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remove the calipers and rotors if rear disk and then remove the ebrake shoes/cables.
If rear drums remove the drums. remove the shoes and the e brake cable. remove the backing plate bolts. remove backing plate from axle and support with a piece of wire from the frame being careful not to distort the brake line.
remove the bolt that holds the breather an brake junction to the axle.
remove the break line from the tabs (may not have them).
if this system has short shoe long shoe set up make sure the short shoe is on front or it will cause this problem also i personally have had to try another set of shoes to remedy this wether there was a issue with lining material or what but parts house was working with us and offered to send another set to try and problem was taken care of also you can bevel leading edges of shoes with a file and may help have seen this correct problem on 05-06 chevy p/u grabbing
Are the brake shoes on right, there are two size shoes, One shoe has a longer brake lining then the other. The short brake lining is towards the front of the van and the longer brake lining is towards the rear. The rear brakes also may need to be adjusted, you can do that by going in revers in a empty parking lot and push the brakes as hard as you can to stop the van. Don't give your self a whip lash, just push down gradually and as far to the floor you can about 7 to 10 times. The self adjusters should adjust the brake on both sides, try this first before you take the brakes apart again. It may just need a adjustment and after that check the brake fluid in the master cylinder. Good luck and hope this helps. Keep me posted, be glad to help
After removing tire pull bolts holding brake calipers to rotor. Use a clamp or something in that nature to push old brake shoe into housing that way you wont have to bleed your brake system. Replace new shoes and reinstall caliper. Start vehicle and pump up brakes before traveling make sure to test brakes first to make sure no fluid was lost.