300M, Concorde, Intrepid, LHS, 1998-2004

Brake Shoes


Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheels and brake drums
    Dust cap from the rear hub and bearing assembly
    Cotter pin, nut retainer and wave washer. Discard the old cotter pin.
    Rear hub and bearing assembly retainer nut and washer
    Rear hub and bearing assembly from the spindle
    Automatic adjuster spring from the adjuster lever

  5. Rotate the automatic adjuster starwheel enough so both shoes move out far enough to be free of the wheel cylinder boots.

    Parking brake cable from the actuating lever. Disconnect parking brake cable one side at a time.
    Both lower brake shoe to anchor springs
    2 brake shoe hold-down springs from the brake shoes
    Brake shoes, upper shoe-to-shoe return spring, automatic adjuster and automatic adjuster lever from the backing plate as an assembly
    Brake shoes from the automatic adjuster mechanism
    Brake shoe automatic adjuster lever from the leading brake shoe


To install:

  1. Thoroughly clean and dry the backing plate. To prepare the backing plate, lubricate the bosses, anchor pin and parking brake actuating lever pivot surface lightly with lithium based grease.
  3. Remove, clean and dry all parts still on the old shoes. Lubricate the starwheel shaft threads with anti-seize lubricant.
  5. Assemble both brake shoes, the top shoe to shoe return spring, automatic adjuster and automatic adjuster lever before mounting on vehicle. Make sure the ends of the automatic adjusters are positioned above the extruded pins in the webbing of the brake shoes prior to installation.
  7. Install or connect the following:

    Brake shoe assembly onto the brake support plate and secure with the hold-down springs
    Lower anchor springs and reconnect the parking brake cable to the park brake lever of the trailing brake shoe

  9. Rotate the serrated adjuster nut to remove the free-play from the adjuster assembly.

    Automatic adjuster lever spring on the lead brake shoe assembly and the automatic adjuster lever
    Rear hub and bearing assembly
    Washer and retainer nut and torque to 124 ft. lbs. (168 Nm)
    Wave washer, nut retainer and a new cotter pin onto the spindle. Install dust cap.

  11. Adjust brake shoes so not to interfere with brake drum installation. Install the rear brake drum.
    After installing the brake drums, pump the brake pedal several times to partially adjust the brake shoes. To verify proper operation of the self-adjusting parking brake, be sure that both rear brakes are not dragging when the parking brake pedal is released.

    Rear wheels and lug nuts. Torque the lug nuts, in a star pattern sequence, to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).

  13. Road test the vehicle. The automatic adjusters will continue brake adjustment during the road test of the vehicle.