Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Parking Brake Shoes

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The rear drum brake shoes serve as the parking brakes. Refer to the procedures under Rear Drum Brakes.

Adjustment



For adjustment of the parking brake shoes, refer to Parking Brake Cables, adjustment.

Removal & Installation



With Rear Disc Brakes

On vehicles equipped with rear disc brakes, the rear parking brakes have their own set of cable operated brake shoes located behind the rear disc brake rotor. The interior or the rear disc brake rotor acts as the parking brake drum. There are individual flexible steel parking brake cables for each rear wheel, which are joined using a parking cable equalizer before terminating at the parking brake lever.

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

    The disc brake caliper
     
    The rotor from hub/bearing
     
    The dust cap from hub/bearing
     
    The hub/bearing rear retaining nut and washer
     
    The hub/bearing from knuckle
     
    The hold down clip from the rear parking brake shoe
     

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  5. Turn the parking brake shoe adjuster wheel until the adjuster is at its shortest length.
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  7. Remove the parking brake shoe adjuster from the parking brake shoes.
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  9. Remove the lower return spring between the parking brake shoes.
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  11. Pull the rear parking brake shoe away from the caliper adapter.
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  13. Remove the upper return spring from between the parking brake shoes.
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  15. Remove the hold-down clip from the front parking brake shoe.
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  17. Remove the front parking brake shoe.
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To install:

  1. Install the front brake shoe and hold down clip.
  2.  
  3. Install the rear parking brake shoe and the parking brake shoe upper return spring.
  4.  
  5. Pull the rear brake shoe over the anchor block until it is properly located on the adapter.
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  7. Install the parking brake lower return spring.
    NOTE
    The adjuster must be installed with the star wheel toward the rear of the vehicle.

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  9. Install the adjuster between the parking brake shoes.
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  11. Install the hold down clip on the rear parking brake shoe.
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  13. Adjust the parking brake shoes to an outside diameter of 6 3 / 4 inch (171mm).
  14.  
  15. Install the hub/bearing on the knuckle.
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  17. Install a NEW hub/bearing retaining nut. Tighten the hub/bearing retaining nut to 185 ft. lbs. (250 Nm).
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  19. Install the dust cap on the hub/bearing.
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  21. Install the rotor.
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  23. Install the rear disc brake caliper on the adapter.
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  25. Install the wheel and tire assembly. Tighten the wheel stud nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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With Rear Drum Brakes

On vehicles equipped with rear drum brakes, the rear wheel service brakes also act as the vehicle's parking brakes. The rear drum brake shoes, when acting as parking brakes, are mechanically operated using an internal actuating lever and strut which is connected to a flexible steel cable. There is an individual parking brake cable for each rear wheel, which are joined using a park cable equalizer before terminating at the parking brake lever. For service of the Parking Brake Shoes, refer to Rear Drum Brakes, Brake Shoes, removal & installation.

 
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