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Old 02-09-2003, 10:08 AM
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Does anyone know where I can acquire brake bar springs (oval shaped) for a 69' Camaro rear drum? The spring kits you can buy don't include it. Mine are weak and flat and I think this is hindering retraction of the shoes when the e-brake is released. I have been to three auto parts stores and they all look at me with blank stares and try to sell me somehting else.

I found reference on a web site that a company called Wagner sells them but I can't seem to find the Wagner brake parts home page.

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First I would try the dealer. AC DELCO also has spring kits available from jobbers and I would look for those if the dealer cannot help you. BENDIX should also have them. What brand of hardware kits have you been buying?
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That spring is just to stop the cross bar from rattling, It will not help with retracting the E. brakes!
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Hey PrimaDude,just curious are your parking brake cables new?I had a similar problem with my camaro and It was the cables sticking inside the housing.They were the originals and the only remedy for me was new cables.It could also be you're adjusted to tight.When I bought the spring hardware kit for my car those springs were with it.Good luck.
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Check your local CarQuest store. They should have the proper complete brake spring kit for you!
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I just had to find those springs today for myself.Go to your local Car Quest store and they have them. The number I got was H1338 Axle kit. There is no listing in the books for these springs they will just be in the area of that part number. If they don't have them ask if they have a picture book listing of part numbers and you can match them up. Oh, That is Car Quest brand brake parts. And they are called link springs.
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Thanks everyone for the input. If the springs do nothing but prevent rattling then I don't think I will need replacements. I believe that the e-brake cables that go through the backing plate are old and may be hanging up. I am going to replacing these next.
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Old 02-12-2003, 05:37 AM
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You might want to rethink that idea!!! Those springs do keep the bar from rattling but they also keep the bar inplace. You could hit the brakes one time and expand them out far enough for the bar to fall out of place and theen you'll have big problems. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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Thanks BluePen for the advice. I will get the new springs. I found a CarQuest near me and will try and get them this weekend.
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