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Old 05-01-2012, 07:55 PM
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I have never rearched any brake shoes on many cars and trucks on this old car I think you probably need drums
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:34 AM
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Arching of brake shoes is old technology. It not only removes brake pad(s) material but also releases some bad elements into the air. The quality of the actual shoe (trueness @ relining) also has an effect. Pad material is also another factor, as in quality of materials chosen. There are (were) oversized pads offered for machined drums. Of course with disc brakes becoming more common, many techniques and parts availability once available no longer are.

Simply put, throwing a set of cheap PEP BOYS brake shoes onto an unsurfaced brake drum(s) is not going to give desirable performance.

1) Purchase a good set of rebuilds (or specialty shoes)

(FORD used riveted shoes as they offer a heat sink)

2) The drum(s) have to be checked for surface condition/out of round

3) Backing plates should be checked for trueness and the raised pads the shoes ride on must be flat (no grooves for shoes to hang) (lubricate with brake grease)

4) Wheel bearings have to be serviced and torqued properly

5) Hardware should be replaced (heat fatigue)

6) Hydraulics should be inspected closely and at the least perform a fluid change


1) Hang the shoes and hardware and adjust out just enough for drums to be installed easily

2) Adjust the shoes completely out until they are locked against the drum(s)

NOTE- If equipped with self adjusters, make sure you know how to override before outward adjustment to allow you to back the shoe adjustment off

3) Loosen the adjustment so that you can get about a half turn of the wheel with a firm rotational push

4) After all drums are adjusted in this manner, push the brake pedal down to center the shoes on the backing plate and within the drum

5) Recheck adjustment per 3)

6) The car most likely will need another adjustment within a few weeks as the pads seat to the drum (same diameter) (even with functional self adjusters

7) You then go to a periodic brake adjustment (service) or the self adjusters should keep up with pad wear at this point.
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