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Re: rear brakes 96 jimmy
Drum brakes shoes ALWAYS go on small shoe in the FRONT, Large shoe in the BACK. You check the work done on your car, good thing! The side put on incorrectly will wear out early. The rear shoe does most of the stopping, that's why it's bigger. I know which way they go because I screwed up my 1st brake job MANY years ago! countrycurt0
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Pedal, not peddle. First make sure reservoir is full at the brake master cylinder. Then check your brake pads (for disc brakes) and/or brake shoes (for drum brakes). When the pads or shoes are very worn down, you will get a low pedal. If you have disc brakes on the front and drums on the rear wheels, first try just replacing the front brake pads. If you get a good pedal after the front is done, many people tend to let the rear brake shoes go unless they are making noise. These systems are designed to put most of the braking force on the front discs, so the rear shoes do not need changing as often.
I think that's the way it's supposed to be, instead of mirrors of each other, it's literally the same brake assembly, so instead of 'short one goes to the front' it's more 'short one goes on the left (from your point of view)' [or whichever way it actually is]
This is a big job for such a small part. I suggest you repair/replace rotors, pads, and anything else back there while you are at it. You will need to remove both wheels on both sides, as well as the axles (I think). See my earlier post on Rear Rotor removal to see how this is done.
You will need a large spindle nut to remove the axles.
DISASSEMBLY: Once you have access to the parking brakes inside the rotor hat: 1. Lock out the parking brake w/a pair of Vise grips (on the parking brake cable under the cab) 2. Disengage teh park brake cable from behind the rotor assembly to allow easier disassembly of the parking brake shoes. 3. Disassemble the rear park brake shoes.
REASSEMBLY: 1. Reassemble the rear parking brake shoes. This is a typical, small brake drum configuration. Do one side at a time - so you can see how to reassemble each small part. Keep the springs and parts oriented the same: front to front and interior to interior, etc. 2. Release the parking brake cable 3. Install the disc brake rotor(s) 4. Install the disc brake caliper(s) 5. Install tire & wheel assembly 6. Lower the vehicle
I'm assuming you mean drum brakes as they are the only ones with primary and secondary shoes. Not all drum brakes have a primary and secondary shoes. On drum brakes with primary and secondary shoes (called duo servo systems) the front shoe is slightly smaller than the rear one and is the primary shoe. On non servo systems, the shoes are the same size -- there is no primary or secondary shoe.
Your brake drum is over adjusted or you have brake hardware issues Try removing the drum and insure that all is in place also look at the shoes and make sure that the shoes are not on backwards....How ever this lockup could also be caused by an under adjusted brake.... When you remove the drum you will definetly know if overadjusted because you will have to loosen the adjustment star to remove it...As stated before the brake shoes if installed correctly should be smaller shoe (primary) towards the front of vehicle and larger shoe (secondary) towards the rear of vehicle.....Good Luck and let me know if this helped or if i can be of further assistance...Please rate my answer as this helps with future diagnosis...Thank You