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Old 05-21-2004, 05:11 PM
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I replaced the drum brakes on my 92 chevy 1500 and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. Having never done it before I was kind of nervous on how it would all work out because I kept running into problems.... I put on new cylinders and new pads and it brakes really nice... quite an improvement but now my pedal goes quite a bit further to the floor then it used to... it brakes fine but it just kind of concerns me that its going down further then it used to. Also the parking brake is a lot easier to push then it was... I tested it on a hill and it works but it is a lot lot easier to push. I was wondering how I would go about adjusting the pedal or if I did something wrong?

C. Cook

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Old 05-22-2004, 04:15 AM
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Sounds like you need to adjust the brakes. They should be adjusted to where they just barely drag on the drums when the wheels are turned by hand. Adjust them, then apply the brakes a couple of times, just to center them and then check them again. Alot of people adjust the brakes until they are dragging, then don't recheck them after applying the pedal. The shoes are not centered, so they feel like they are adjusted properly, and actually only have one shoe dragging. Once they are adjusted properly, they should, self-adjust from then on, if everything is correct on them.
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