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dana44

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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2013, 06:23:02 PM »

That can do it. Get the rear tires in the air and adjust them properly, go from there. The porportioning valve, with the extra travel, says there is a problem with the rear brakes. The valve is saying there is a pressure imbalance front to rear, extra pedal is the symptom of the imbalance. Tighten them up and it should fix it.
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2013, 06:31:04 PM »

Hey Ed  Slap Slap

Take the star wheel apart and never seize or grease them real good.  Bearing grease will last for years and the adjusters will work great.  Replace as needed
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2013, 06:56:52 PM »

Steve, he said they were rebuilt and replaced, they are most likely just out of adjustment. Of course, if you are going to pull the wheels, might as well check everything. I didn't want to be to patronizing on what to do.
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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2013, 03:35:00 AM »

Ok, so now this post belongs in the other forum, since it has become about my actual brakes... :-)
I have adjusted brakes before, but it's been a long time. I remember how to do it, for the most part, which would be pulling the wheels and drums. and adjusting the star wheel until there's just barely contact with between the shoes and the drums, yes?
Question though... I thought the drum brakes had self adjusters. Is it that they are just too out of whack from having been taken apart and redone? Perhaps not properly adjusted when they were put back together?
Anyway, when I get them apart, I will see.

Thanks, as always.


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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2013, 05:23:09 AM »

Yes, brakes are self-adjustable, backing up and applying the brakes, the star wheel is turned. They do need to be adjusted initially, sometimes they get a little stuck, or, something isn't right to begin with and they don't adjust or the star wheel is a little jammed up. You are right, turn the star wheel until the brake drum barely goes on and doesn't touch or scrape when  you turn the drum.
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« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2013, 04:49:03 PM »

I adjusted them, but I think not enough. The pedal feels better, but the light is still on... I try more tomorrow.
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2013, 06:39:27 PM »

OK. I don't think there is any way to reset the switch itself, given it is a pressure imbalance grounding switch.
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