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How to set up new brake shoes on volvo 850,they keep jamming when traveling forward but not reverse,

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  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2010

    thanks for the help,it seems a combination of the shoes being the wrong way round and the retaining spring clips being too weak,i've ordered new clips and springs and looking to attempt the job again this weekend,

  • louisfowler_ May 11, 2010

    are you sure you put the new ones on the rigth way? the short shoe goes to the front of the backup plate where they mount and long shoe to the rear



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Removedisc/drum check to make sure linings are secure on shoes bonding can fail this will cause brake to lock make sure shoes are secure on backplates hold down clips can go weak also make sure pull off springs are not weak loosen hand brake adjuster fit drum adjust up shoes on adjuster wheel till brake locked then back off so wheel spins freely re-set hand brake cable

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