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Solving Brake Problems

Solving Brake Problems

Rebuilding Brake Calipers

I don’t recommend you rebuild your brake calipers unless they are too expensive or too rare to find on the open market. The truth is that a caliper rebuild kit is pretty much a couple of rubber seals: one seal …

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Solving Brake Problems

Servicing Drum Brakes

I would wager most of you wish drum brakes were never invented. Truth be told, drum brakes can be better than disc brakes in some applications. In fact, drum brakes last a very long time, which means you won’t need …

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Solving Brake Problems

Removing Brake Drums

A few key points with drum brakes. The first is getting the drums off. This might be one of your biggest hurdles. I start by hitting the center of the drum between the studs to knock it loose. This often …

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Bearing Cap for Tapered Bearings

Solving Brake Problems

Tapered Roller Bearings

Some drums (and rotors) have a set of bearings housed within them that hold them to the spindle. You can often spot these by the bearing cap in the center of the hub assembly.

 

You remove these in a …

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Rear Brake Tools

Solving Brake Problems

Replacing Brake Shoes

There are several different configurations of drum brakes, but they all work similarly. The wheel cylinder forces the shoes against the inside of the brake drum and the brakes are activated. When you release the pressure in the wheel cylinder, …

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Solving Brake Problems

Replacing a Wheel Cylinder

Some people think that if you have one bad wheel cylinder, you should replace them both. While this isn’t a bad idea, it’s not necessary. You can just replace one wheel cylinder if it’s leaking. Another common misconception is that …

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Solving Brake Problems

Parking Brake Issues

You might find that your parking brake is not working like it should. This could be due to several things. The first thing I often check is the rear brake adjustment. Viewers often ask how to adjust their parking brake …

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Solving Brake Problems

Master Cylinder Problems

If you have poor brake performance, you might have a problem with your master cylinder. The first step in a situation like this is to inspect the brakes at all four wheels and look for leaks. If the brakes are …

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