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Old 07-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Red face Brake adjustment

What is the proper method of adjusting drum brake pads. I've been jacking the wheel up until free, tightening the star wheel until full brakes and the wheel will not move, then loosening it 3-4 clicks until the wheel turns free. Is this correct?
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Sand the brake pads....220 grit is fine. LIGHTLY sand the drum using the same grit in a round motion.The method you mentioned is sound,but you do not need to get it too tight,initially.
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What is the sanding for?
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What is the sanding for?
Have you ever installed a set of brake pads? If you have installed brand new ones,they come already slightly roughed...we always ground the edges on a grinding wheel to prevent brake "whistling". On old brake pads,the sanding is to knock off the "glazing" buildup from the pad to drum heat effect.
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