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New shoes 1964 buick riviera, drums machined, bleed, adjusted pulls left when brakes applied

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Hi kincaid1964

you may also have to ovehaul the slave cylinder on the side that it pulls to . Is probably seized or jamming on corrosion. They can generally be rebuilt with a kit and returned to life again.


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How do i adjust emergency brake cable on 2003 jeep liberty sport. qith 4 disc brake pads.

Remove rear wheels and the brake rotors. parking/Emegency brake shoes are inside these rotors. Check shoes if worn, replace them Your Emergency brake is self adjustable.

A hand operated lever in the passenger compartment is the main application device. The front cable is connected between the hand lever and the rear cables with an equalizer.

The rear cables are connected to the actuating lever on each primary brake shoe. The levers are attached to the brake shoes by a pin either pressed into, or welded to the lever. A clip is used to secure the pin in the brake shoe. The pin allows each lever to pivot independently of the brake shoe.

To apply the parking brakes, the hand lever is pulled upward. This pulls the rear brake shoe actuating levers forward, by means tensioner and cables. As the actuating lever is pulled forward, the parking brake strut (which is connected to both shoes), exerts a linear force against the secondary brake shoe. This action presses the secondary shoe into contact with the drum. Once the secondary shoe contacts the drum, force is exerted through the strut. This force is transferred through the strut to the primary brake shoe causing it to pivot into the drum as well.

A gear type ratcheting mechanism is used to hold the lever in an applied position. Parking brake release is accomplished by the hand lever release button.

A parking brake switch is mounted on the parking brake lever and is actuated by movement of the lever. The switch, which is in circuit with the red warning light in the dash, will illuminate the warning light whenever the parking brakes are applied.

Parking brake is self-adjusting when the lever is pulled. The cable tensioner, once adjusted at the factory, should not need further adjustment under normal circumstances.
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.

  1. Remove the disc brake caliper.
  2. Remove the disc brake rotor.
Brake Shoe

  1. Disassemble the rear park brake shoes.
Clean the individual brake components, including the support plate exterior, with a water dampened cloth or with brake cleaner. Do not use any other cleaning agents. Remove light rust and scale from the brake shoe contact pads on the support plate with fine sandpaper.

As a general rule, riveted brake shoes should be replaced when worn to within 0.78 mm (1/32 inch) of the rivet heads. Bonded lining should be replaced when worn to a thickness of 1.6 mm (1/16 inch) .
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Examine the lining contact pattern to determine if the shoes are bent or the drum is tapered. The lining should exhibit contact across its entire width. Shoes exhibiting contact only on one side should be replaced and the drum checked for runout or taper.

Inspect the adjuster screw assembly. Replace the assembly if the star wheel or threads are damaged, or the components are severely rusted or corroded.

Discard the brake springs and retainer components if worn, distorted or collapsed. Also replace the springs if a brake drag condition had occurred. Overheating will distort and weaken the springs.

Inspect the brake shoe contact pads on the support plate, replace the support plate if any of the pads are worn or rusted through. Also replace the plate if it is bent or distorted.


NOTE: On a new vehicle or after parking brake lining replacement, it is recommended that the parking brake system be conditioned prior to use. This is done by making one stop, from 25 mph on dry pavement or concrete using light to moderate force on the parking brake lever.

  1. Reassemble the rear park brake shoes.
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Brake pull when applyed

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I have a 67 Bonneville with drum brakes in front. It pulls to the right when braking. I have readjusted both sides and replaced the flex hoses but still pulls. Any suggestions?

Justin, Not sure if you put in new brake shoes/drums etc. Brake Pedal should be firm not spongy when you press brake down, and not spongy. Push brake pedal down hard and hold, if pedal sinks to floor you have air in lines or bad brake wheel cylinder. When adjusting the brakes , Make sure Master brake cylinder is full!...Have the tire/wheel bolted on...adjust the brakes so brake shoes cannot be tightened up against drum any further. This will center the whole assembly. Wheel should not be able to spin whatsoever...Then back off the star adjuster to loosen one click at a time while trying to spin the wheel. Make so the wheel just barely turns without the brake shoe dragging (inside assembly) on the brake drum. Do the other side so it is exactly them same looseness as other. I like to have brake adjustment so wheel turns almost completely freely with a little drag from brake shoe. Then try driving. If still same pulling...Bleed the brakes to remove air out. (Should be You tube videos showing how) While bleeding brakes, remove master brake cylinder and refill with fluid after you bleed the brake line for each time you bleed then close the brake line bleed bolt/screw. After you do left and rt front...then trying driving again. IF it still pulls....You can disassemble the whole front brake system both sides and rebuild both of the brake cylinders with kit or buy new assembled brake cylinders and replace by simply unbolting old and bolt in new. Clean all brake parts and backing plate with brake cleaner spray from auto stores One or both brake cylinder pistons inside the cylinders maybe corroded/dirty and seizing up causing one side to be doing al the braking. It would be a good time to buy all new hardware kit for each front assembly as well as long as you have it apart. With brakes removed...have brake drums checked to see if still in drums could be worn out past spec...If worn uneven ...have them turned/machined just the minimum amount to bring back in spec. Good time to replace inner and outer wheel bearings as well if not replaced for long time. Be on the safe side...Many local car clubs have members who would be happy to help you. Check your local National Street Rod Association for help! There are repair manuals for your Pontiac you can buy as well. Some people might tell you to put on expensive disc brake conversion...Don't ...unless you are filthy rich. It's Simply not needed. Good Luck. Many online you tube videos showing you what to do.

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How do i tighten the parking brake on an 91 buick park ave ultra?

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Why would my emergency brake not hold? I have installed new drums, dealer replaced cable three yrs ago and has not been tight since. I have gone back several times, and had adjustments, what else can be...

Make sure you have lots of "meat" on your brake shoes.
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It has to be one of those three components...may have to pull the drum and actuate the pedal / lever to see if the cable spreads the shoes and make adjustments from there.

If your back brakes don't can also cause the ABS light to illuminate...

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How to replace the rear break drums on a hyumdai accent gs

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  1. Remove or disconnect the following:
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    • Brake drum
To Install:
  1. Install or connect the following: 02-04_hyundai_accent_brake_drum.gif

    • Brake drum
    • Wheel
--- Removal & Installation To Remove:
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Wheel 02-04_hyundai_accent_brake_drum.gif

    • Brake drum 02-04_hyundai_accent_rear_brake_backing_plate.gif

    • Shoe hold-down spring
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To Install:
Note: Apply the specified grease to the shoe to backing plate and shoe to anchor plate contact surfaces.
  1. Install or connect the following: 02-04_hyundai_accent_rear_brake_backing_plate.gif

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First, hit all the way around the brake drum with a big hammer to loosen the drum from the center hub.
Then, istall the screws to help pull the drum.

to back off the adjuster with a screwdriver:

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