AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Cables

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Left Rear Cable



  1. Raise the vehicle and support it securely by the frame. Loosen the adjusting nut and compress the retainer fingers at the equalizer lever to loosen the cable.
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  3. Disconnect the cable at the connector and then remove it from the equalizer.
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  5. Mark the relationship between the wheel and axle flange and remove the wheel. Remove the brake drum.
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  7. Using an appropriate tool, disconnect and remove the primary shoe return spring and parking brake strut.
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  9. Compress the retainer fingers and loosen the cable housing at the backing plate. Then, disconnect the cable from the parking brake lever and remove it.
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  11. Install a new cable in reverse order, checking carefully that it is properly routed and securely retained. Adjust the parking brake.
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Right Rear Cable

  1. Raise the vehicle and support it securely by the frame. Remove the adjusting nut at the equalizer lever. Compress the fingers of the retainers and then loosen the cable housing from the retainers at the frame and at the axle housing retaining clip.
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  3. Mark the relationship between the wheel and axle flange and then remove the wheel. Remove the brake drum as described above.
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  5. Using an appropriate tool, disconnect and remove the primary shoe return spring and parking brake strut. Remove the secondary brake shoe hold-down spring.
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  7. Compress the retainer fingers and loosen the cable housing at the backing plate. Then, disconnect the cable from the parking brake lever and remove it.
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  9. Install a new cable in reverse order, checking carefully that it is properly routed and securely retained. Adjust the parking brake.
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ADJUSTMENT



See Figures 1 through 12

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Fig. Fig. 1: Parking brake assembly components1975 models except Pacer



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the parking brake assembly1976-88 models except Pacer



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Fig. Fig. 3: Parking brake assembly componentsPacer models



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Fig. Fig. 4: Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with jackstands



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Fig. Fig. 5: Tighten the locknut at the equalizer until a slight drag is felt when the wheels are rotated forward



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Fig. Fig. 6: Brake Specifications



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Fig. Fig. 7: Brake Specifications: Matador



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Fig. Fig. 8: Brake Specifications: Eagle



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Fig. Fig. 9: Troubleshooting the Brake System



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Fig. Fig. 10: Troubleshooting the Brake System (Cont.)



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Fig. Fig. 11: Troubleshooting the Brake System (Cont.)



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Fig. Fig. 12: Troubleshooting the Brake System (Cont.)

The rear brakes serve a dual purpose. They are used as service brakes and as parking brakes. To obtain proper adjustment of the parking brake, the service brakes must first be properly adjusted as outlined earlier.

  1. Apply the parking brake 4 clicks from the fully released position.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Loosen the locknut at the equalizer.
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  7. Tighten or loosen the adjusting nut until a moderate drag is felt when the rear wheels are rotated forward.
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  9. Tighten the locknut.
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  11. Release the parking brake and rotate the rear wheels. No drag should be felt. If even a light drag is felt, readjust the parking brake.
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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If a new parking brake cable is being installed, prestretch it by applying the parking brake hard about three times before making adjustments.

 
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