Avenger 2008

Brake Shoes

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Adjustment



Specific to:

Chrysler Sebring 2008-2009

Dodge Avenger 2008-2009


NOTE
The parking brake shoes used in the drum-in-hat park brake system do not automatically adjust to compensate for brake shoe lining wear. Therefore, it is necessary to manually adjust the parking brake shoes.

  1. Verify the parking brake lever is in the released (down) position.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the wheel mounting nuts, then the tire and wheel assembly.
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  7. Install a couple wheel mounting nuts to hold the brake rotor in place while adjustment of the brake shoes is made.
    NOTE
    To find the adjuster wheel with the drum on, position the hole (1) in the front of the rotor drum as follows:



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    Fig. Position the hole (1) in the front of the rotor drum



    Left side - 7 o'clock.
     
    Right side - 5 o'clock.
     

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  9. Remove the rubber plug from the hole (1) in the front of the rotor.
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  11. Utilizing the hole (1) in the front of the rotor, make a fine adjustment of the shoes.
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  13. Reinstall the rubber plug.
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  15. Lower the vehicle far enough to access the interior of the vehicle.
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  17. Reach inside the vehicle and cycle (fully apply and release) the park brakes.
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  19. With the parking brake lever in the fully applied (up) position, attempt to hand rotate each rear brake rotor to ensure that the parking brake shoes are working properly.
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  21. With the parking brake lever in the released (down) position, hand rotate each rear brake rotor to ensure that the parking brake shoes are not dragging.
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  23. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  25. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  27. Lower the vehicle.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Chrysler Sebring 2008-2009

Dodge Avenger 2008-2009

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
    NOTE
    If removing parking brake shoes on both sides of vehicle, perform remaining steps on each side of the vehicle.

  2.  
  3. Access and remove the rear brake rotor (3).

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    Fig. Access and remove the rear brake rotor (3)

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  5. Turn the brake shoe adjuster wheel until the adjuster is at shortest length.
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  7. Remove the upper return spring (1) from the anchor pin (3) and the rear brake shoe.

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    Fig. Remove the upper return spring (1) from the anchor pin (3) and the rear brake shoe

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  9. Remove the upper return spring (2) from the anchor pin (3) and the front brake shoe.
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  11. Remove the brake shoe hold-down springs and pins (1, 2). Rotate the pins 90° to disengage.

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    Fig. Remove the brake shoe hold-down springs and pins (1, 2)

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  13. Remove the parking brake cable from the lever on the rear parking brake shoe.

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    Fig. Remove the parking brake cable from the lever on the rear parking brake shoe

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  15. Remove the brake shoes (2, 6), adjuster (5) and lower return spring (3) as an assembly from the support plate.

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    Fig. Remove the brake shoes (2, 6), adjuster (5) and lower return spring (3) as an assembly from the support plate

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  17. If necessary, remove the strut (1).
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  19. Remove the lower return spring (3) and adjuster (5) from the shoes (2, 6).
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