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Old 05-08-2008, 09:33 AM
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80 camaro drum brake dragging

Having a dragging issue with passenger side rear drum. Problem has been ongoing for awhile. First, I had a leaking brake line, replaced it and bled the system. Then i replaced the shoes, springs, resurfaced the drums and adjusted the shoes. Passenger side still drags. Both wheel cylinders are working properly. By dragging I mean the the drum rotates without drag and then drags. The drums are not warped and i tried switching the drums from one side to the other. Both drums work fine on the drivers side and both drag on the passenger side. Axles and axle bearings have also all been replaced. Has anyone ever encountered this problem. Is there anything I may have missed?

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Parking brake cable sticking? Worn backing plate?
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could be a slightly bent axle.

EDIT: oops didn't see that you replaced the axles.
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Are you sure that your shoes on that side are in the right spot......There is a little lip that the steel part sits on , on the backing plate. If its not on that correctly, the shoe will sit **** eyed.
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ROFL

Oh my God......it bleeped c o c k
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Should have said roostereyed, I guess.
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Is it dragging so much that the car stops funny?

I think every well-functioning drum brake I've ever owned dragged at least a little bit when the wheel was jacked up and turned.
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Thanks for the responses. Checked the parking brake and backing plate and everything looks good and is functioning properly. Shoes are installed correctly. Car brakes normal. Maybe I'm chasing the wrong gremlin here. Could it be in the rear-end? I replaced axles and axle bearings a couple weeks ago, but i experienced the same problem before and after replacement. Maybe the carrier bearings are worn.
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Do a brake adjustment on BOTH rear wheels and get them even
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Try swapping the brake shoes and see if the problem moves to the other side. Maybe one of the shoes is a little off. It would only take a few thousands to give you a little drag. You'd never see that with the naked eye. Btw, I wouldn't lose any sleep over a tiny bit of a hitch. If it is a tiny high spot it'll probably wear off in a thousand miles anyway and never cause a problem.
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I had a similar issue on my LeMans. The problem turned out to be the shoe braking material was a little high on one side. A little low grit sand paper to even it out and its been fine ever since.
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Brake hanging

Old rubber lines are bad about collapsing also. They'll act like a checkvalve. Press the brake and the pressure will open up the line but when the peddle is released the inner hose will collapse and not let the shoes release until it slowly bleads down. Doesn't the passenger side rear have the hose? I learned this the hard way with an old Dodge Dart. Replaced everything but the hoses on the front brakes. LOL!
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