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Old 02-18-2006, 03:31 AM
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Help: How-to on Drum Brakes

Can anyone give me a nice description of how to adjust drum brakes for a '65 mustang? I'm not having terrible problems stopping, but there's alot of travel in the pedal from where I start pushing on it to where it actually starts braking. Also, the brakes are very creaky right as they actually stop the car all the way, and creak as I let off the brakes. One more question... When I turn my steering wheel all the way to the left or right, the whole car shakes really bad, like if it were at really low idle or something. I can't really explain it, but it just started happening. I don't know when the brakes were last adjusted, or how old they are, so I think this will have to be part of my next project. Thanks guys.

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Applying the foot brake while moving in reverse automaticly adjusts the brakes if everything is in working condition. Or you could always adjust them them by jacking the rear end up and turn the pawl though the access hole with a brake adjusting tool as you turn the wheel by hand....when you feel resistance, you're set.Thats the adjuster at the bottom of the brakes, behind the lower spring. You may just want to pull the drums when you're up on jacks just to make sure the brakes aren't shot!
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Old 02-18-2006, 05:16 AM
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Yeah, I went in reverse and applied the brake, but it was still doing it. I'm gonna take it to a brake shop I guess, and watch them do it, so I can know what I'm doing. It's easy, I'm sure, once you know how to do it.
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Well, good luck and let us know how it goes!
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