Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Brake Drums

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear tire and wheel assembly.
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If the vehicle has high mileage, the brake drums may have a ridge worn in them by the brake shoes. This ridge causes the brake drum to interfere with the brake shoes, thereby preventing drum removal. Clearance can be obtained by backing off the brake's automatic self-adjuster mechanism, using the following procedures.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Backing off the rear brake shoe adjustment

  1. For Cirrus, Stratus and Breeze models, use the following procedure:
    1. Locate and remove the rubber plug from the brake support plate (backing plate).
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    3. Insert a brake adjuster tool or similarly-shaped prytool through the automatic adjuster access hole and engage the teeth on the adjuster wheel. Rotate the adjuster wheel so it is moved toward the front of the vehicle. Continue moving the adjuster until it stops; this will back off the adjustment of the rear brake shoes.
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  3. For Sebring coupe, convertible and Avenger models, use the following procedure for releasing the self-adjusting mechanism:
    1. Locate and remove the rubber plug from the brake support plate (backing plate).
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    3. Insert a brake adjuster tool or similarly shaped prytool through the automatic adjuster access hole and carefully push the adjuster actuating lever out of engagement with the adjuster star wheel. While holding the lever away from the star wheel, insert a second prytool through the access hole and engage the teeth on the adjuster wheel. Rotate the adjuster wheel upward away from the ground; this will back off the adjustment of the rear brake shoes.
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Fig. Fig. 2: After removing the rear wheel, pull off the brake drum

  1. Remove the brake drum from the hub assembly.
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To install:
  1. Inspect the brake drum for cracks or signs of overheating. Measure the drum run-out and diameter. If not to specification, resurface the drum. Run-out should not exceed 0.006 in. (0.15mm). The diameter variation (oval shape) of the drum braking surface must not exceed either 0.0025 in. (0.064mm) in 30 degrees of rotation, or 0.0035 in. (0.089mm) in 360 degrees of rotation. All brake drums are marked with the maximum allowable brake drum diameter on the face of the drum.
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  3. Install the brake drum onto the hub assembly.
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  5. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  7. If necessary, repeat Steps 2-8 fo