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I changed my brakes on rear put on new drums,pads and springs but now i get clunking noise when i put on the brakes on the passenger side.please help

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Jack up the rear end, spin each wheel to determine which side needs to come off, have someone else apply the brakes while you are spinning the wheels. Take that wheel off and pull the drum, inspect the spring at the bottom of shoes to determine if it is on or on properly, they are only supposed to go on one way, but can go on wrong and appear to be correct. Otherwise, attach a clamp such as an Irwin 12 in. clamp Model 5412 and clamp it onto the shoes (I've also used duct tape wrapped several times around the brake shoes). Have your friend apply the brakes and watch the backing plate and wheel cylinder to see if they or anything else moves that shouldn't. Make sure your shoes are seated properly at both top and bottom. I changed my brakes on rear put on new drums,pads - 6357227b-1ffe-4078-b5db-5c4d4d846cb2.jpg

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    vpedwards May 01, 2014

    I just learned that having the drums resurfaced may cause the brake shoes to follow the grooved surface of the freshly cut drum causing the shoe to move inward/outward then snap back into place causing a 'thud'. Hope this helps.

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    vpedwards May 01, 2014

    Here's a couple of more pictures.



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    vpedwards May 01, 2014

    Ensure that the adjuster (2) engages the brake shoe (4) and the park brake actuator (3) properly.

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Theres not much help i can be u need to take that side back apart and see waths wrong

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