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The rear brake (pass.side) is holding me back!

My 1996 Merc. Mystique is acting strangely-the rear brake (pass.side) is on/actuating when it's not supposed to be/when I come to a stop,as well when I begin to go forward,the brake is on,making a ''shuddering''? noise,and holding the car back,in part.What to do about this? Note: The car has been sitting for 5 months> I would certainly appreciate any advice/help in this matter,Thank you!,Brian Hall west la,[email protected] or (310) 902-2182

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Adjust the brakes as per the workshop manual.

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Probably the upper strut plates.

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SOURCE: scraping pulse noise r front merc sable

Check the condition of the wheel bearings, front and back side if the brake rotor, and the back side of the rim. Everything should be clean, rust build-up can throw everything out of true. The hub or wheel-bearing should be tight and smooth when spun.

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SOURCE: Rear brake lights remain on.

just simply unplug connector from brake switch located at base of brake pedal, if lights go out switch is bad, if lights do not go out you have a short to power on brake lamp circut before turn signal switch

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SOURCE: dead battery on 98 merc mystique. cant shift to

power is needed to move shifter. sometimes the shifter will move if key is off? maybe? some cars have a slot or a way to move shifter if lock doesnt work. Owners manual handy?

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Picture or directions for repairing rear drum brake

Brake Shoes Removal & Installation Duo-Servo Type To Remove:
  1. Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
  2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  3. Remove the brake drums.
  4. Using a brake tool, remove the shoe return springs.
  5. Remove the shoe guide.
  6. Remove the hold-down springs and pins.
  7. Remove the actuator lever and pivot.
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  10. Remove the parking brake lever and washer.
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  12. Remove the adjuster screw and spring from the shoe assembly.
To Install:
  1. Use brake cleaning fluid to remove dirt from the brake drum. Check the drums for scoring, cracks and for out-of-round; service the drums as necessary.
  2. Check the wheel cylinders by carefully pulling the lower edges of the wheel cylinder boots away from the cylinders. If there is excessive leakage, the inside of the cylinder will drip fluid; repair or replace as necessary.
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Typical rear drum brake assembly (Leading/Trailing type) 93026g52.gif

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  7. Install the lower return spring, spread the bottom of the shoes and position the shoe against the backing plate.
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