Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town n Country 1984-1995

Brake Drums

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CAUTION
Brake shoes contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

Front Wheel Drive Vehicles


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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the rear drum adjusting hole cover plug



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Fig. Fig. 2: Backing off the adjuster star wheel



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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the dust cover from the axle stub



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the dust cover the washer from the axle stub



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Fig. Fig. 5: Removing the cotter pin from the axle stub nut



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Fig. Fig. 6: Removing the nut lock from the axle stub



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Fig. Fig. 7: Removing the nut from the axle stub



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Fig. Fig. 8: Removing the washer from the axle stub



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Fig. Fig. 9: Removing the bearing from the axle stub



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Fig. Fig. 10: All of these parts must be removed to remove the rear brake drum

  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels and tire assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake shoe adjusting slot cover from the rear of backing plate.
  6.  
  7. Insert a thin tool through the adjusting slot and hold the adjusting lever away from the star wheel.
  8.  
  9. Insert an adjusting tool and back off the star wheel by prying downward with the tool.
  10.  
  11. Remove the center hub dust cover, nut, washer, brake drum, hub and wheel bearings.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Inspect the brake lining and drum for wear.
  2.  
  3. Inspect the wheel cylinder for leakage. Service as required.
  4.  
  5. Remove, clean, inspect and repack the wheel bearings.
  6.  
  7. Install the brake drum and tighten the hub nut to 20-25 ft. lbs. (27-34 Nm), then back off the nut until bearing pressure is released.
  8.  
  9. Retighten the nut finger tight, align the cotter pin hole and install the cotter pin.
  10.  
  11. Adjust the rear brakes as described in the beginning of this section.
  12.  

All Wheel Drive Vehicles
  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels and tire assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake shoe adjusting slot cover from the front the of the brake drum.
  6.  
  7. Insert a thin tool through the adjusting slot and hold the adjusting lever away from the star wheel.
  8.  
  9. Insert an adjusting tool and back off the star wheel by prying downward with the tool.
  10.  
  11. Remove the brake drum from the hub assembly.
  12.  

The rear hub and bearing does not come off with the brake drum on all wheel drive models

To install:
  1. Inspect the brake lining and drum for wear.
  2.  
  3. Inspect the wheel cylinder for leakage. Service as required.
  4.  
  5. Install the brake drum on the hub. Tighten the wheel stud nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Adjust the rear brakes as outlined in this section.
  8.  

INSPECTION



Check the brake drum for any cracks, scores, grooves, or an out-of-round condition. Slight scores can be removed with emory cloth, while extensive scoring or grooves will require machining. Have an automotive machine shop measure the wear and check the drum for run out. The shop will be able to turn the drum on a lathe, if necessary. Never have a drum turned more than 0.060 in. (1.5mm). If the drum is cracked, or worn more than the limit, replace.

 
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