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

Brake Shoes

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Inspection

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. On Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models, measure the combined thickness of the brake shoe rim and lining. The minimum leading brake shoe rim and lining thickness specification is 1 / 8 inch (3.0mm). The minimum trailing brake shoe rim and lining thickness specification is 7 / 64 inch (2.8mm).
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Fig. Fig. 1: Brake shoe lining thickness measurement-Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze



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Fig. Fig. 2: Brake shoe lining thickness measurement-Sebring coupe and Avenger

  1. On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, measure the thickness of the brake shoe lining material only. The minimum brake shoe lining thickness specification is 3 / 64 (1.0mm).
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  3. If any of the measurements fall below the minimum specifications, replace the brake shoes.
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  5. Thoroughly clean all parts. The brake lining should show contact across the entire width and from heel to toe; otherwise, replace. Clean and inspect the brake support plate and the automatic adjuster mechanism. Be sure that the adjuster mechanism has full movement throughout it adjustment range and that its teeth should be in good condition. If the adjuster is worn or damaged, replace it. If the adjuster is serviceable, lubricate the moving parts with high-temperature grease. Check the brake springs. Overheating indications are paint discoloration or distorted end coils. Replace parts as required.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Cirrus, Stratus and Breeze

See Figures 3 through 14



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the actuating spring from the adjuster mechanism and trailing brake shoe



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the upper spring using needlenose pliers



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Fig. Fig. 5: Notice that the hooks on each end of the spring are different, so it can only be installed one way



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the lower return spring from the brake shoes



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Fig. Fig. 7: Unfasten the trailing brake shoe retainer support plate



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the retainer and pin attaching the trailing brake shoe assembly to the brake support plate



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the leading brake shoe and adjuster mechanism as an assembly



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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the adjuster mechanism from the brake shoe



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Fig. Fig. 11: Use pliers to separate the parking brake cable from the actuating lever



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Fig. Fig. 12: Unlike most actuating levers, this actuator is permanently attached to the shoe by a rivet



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Fig. Fig. 13: Clean the brake shoe contact points of the backing plate ...



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Fig. Fig. 14: ... then lubricate the contact points

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear tire and wheel assemblies.
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Regardless of their wear pattern, when brake shoes are replaced on one side of the vehicle, they must also be replaced on the other side. It is advisable, however, to complete one side before beginning the other.

  1. Remove the brake drum from the hub assembly.
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  3. Remove the actuating spring from the adjuster mechanism and trailing brake shoe.
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  5. Remove the upper return spring from the brake shoes.
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  7. Remove the lower return spring from the brake shoes.
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  9. Remove the brake shoe retainer and pin attaching the leading brake shoe assembly to the brake support plate.
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  11. Remove the leading brake shoe and adjuster mechanism as an assembly from the rear brake support plate. The adjuster mechanism cannot be separated from the leading brake shoe until the brake shoe and adjuster mechanism is removed from the support plate.
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  13. Remove the trailing brake shoe retainer and pin attaching the trailing brake shoe assembly to the brake support plate. Remove the trailing brake shoe assembly.
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On this vehicle, the parking brake actuating lever is permanently attached to the trailing brake shoe assembly. Do not attempt to remove it from the original brake shoe assembly or reuse the original actuating lever on a replacement brake shoe assembly. All replacement brake shoe assemblies for this vehicle must have the actuating lever as part of the trailing brake shoe assembly.

  1. Remove the parking brake cable from the parking brake lever. Do not remove the lever from the brake shoe.
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  3. Remove the automatic adjuster mechanism from the brake shoe by fully extending the adjuster, then rotating the adjuster to release from the brake shoe.
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To install:
  1. Lubricate the 8 brake shoe contact points with high-temperature grease.
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The trailing brake shoe assemblies used on the rear brakes of this vehicle are unique (handed) for the left and right side of the vehicle. Care must be taken to ensure that the brake shoes are properly installed on their correct side of the vehicle. When the trailing shoes are properly installed on their correct side of the vehicle, the parking brake actuating lever will be positioned under the brake shoe web.

  1. Install the parking brake cable onto the parking brake lever, then install the trailing brake shoe and attaching pin.
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  3. Install the automatic self-adjuster on the leading brake shoe by rotating it inward to attach. Install the leading shoe and adjuster assembly to the brake support plate.
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  5. Make sure the leading brake shoe is squarely seated on the brake support plate shoe contact areas and install the brake retainer on the retainer pin.
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  7. Install the lower return spring.
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The upper brake shoe return spring and adjuster mechanism actuating spring are unique for each side of the vehicle. The springs are colored for identification. The left side springs are green and the right side springs are blue.

  1. Install the upper return spring (blue on right side; green on left side) on the leading brake shoe first, then on the trailing brake shoe.
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  3. Install the self-adjuster spring on the trailing brake shoe first, then attach it to the adjuster.
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  5. Install the brake drum.
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  7. Repeat Steps 3-19 for the other rear wheel's brake assembly.
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  9. Install the tire and wheel assemblies. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  11. Lower the vehicle.
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  13. Adjust the rear brakes shoes.
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  15. Road test the vehicle to check for proper brake operation.
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Sebring Convertible

See Figures 15 through 23

When removing the rear brake shoes, replace the brake shoes from only one side of the vehicle at a time. This is due to the automatic adjustment feature of the parking brake system. If the brake shoes are removed from both sides of the vehicle at the same time, the automatic adjuster will remove all slack from the parking brake cables, which will make brake shoe installation extremely difficult.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the brake drum from the hub assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 15: Note the location of the automatic adjuster's actuating spring and lever



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Fig. Fig. 16: Remove the brake shoe upper return spring



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Fig. Fig. 17: Remove the brake shoe lower return spring

  1. Remove the adjusting lever actuating spring from the leading brake shoe. Remove the automatic adjuster actuating lever from the leading brake shoe.
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  3. Thread the adjuster star wheel all the way into the adjuster, which will remove all tension from the adjuster.
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  5. Remove the upper and lower return springs from the brake shoes.
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Fig. Fig. 18: Remove the leading brake shoe hold-down spring and pin



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Fig. Fig. 19: Remove the automatic adjuster from the trailing brake shoe



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Fig. Fig. 20: Remove the parking brake lever-to-trailing brake shoe retaining clip



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Fig. Fig. 21: Remove the trailing brake shoe

  1. Remove the brake shoe hold-down spring and pin attaching the leading brake shoe assembly to the brake support plate.
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  3. Remove the leading brake shoe from the support plate.
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  5. Remove the automatic adjuster from the parking brake actuating lever and trailing brake shoe.
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  7. Remove the retaining clip securing the parking brake actuating lever to the trailing brake shoe.
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  9. Remove the trailing brake shoe hold-down spring and pin attaching the trailing brake shoe assembly to the brake support plate.
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  11. Remove the trailing brake shoe from the brake support plate and separate the shoe from the parking brake actuating lever.
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To install:


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Fig. Fig. 22: Lubricate the brake shoe contact areas



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Fig. Fig. 23: Install the wave washer onto the pin of the parking brake actuating lever

  1. Lubricate the 6 brake shoe contact points and the brake shoe anchor points with high-temperature grease.
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  3. Install the wave washer on the pivot pin of the parking brake actuating lever.
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  5. Install the trailing brake shoe onto the attaching pin of the parking brake actuating lever.
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  7. Position the trailing brake shoe onto the brake support plate and be sure the trailing brake shoe is squarely seated on the support plate shoe contact areas and install the brake shoe hold-down spring on the hold-down pin.
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  9. Install the parking brake actuating lever-to-trailing brake shoe retaining clip.
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  11. Install the automatic adjuster on the trailing brake shoe and the parking brake actuating lever.
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  13. Place the leading brake shoe onto the brake support plate in proper position and install the attaching pin and hold-down spring.
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  15. Install the lower and upper return springs.
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  17. Install the automatic adjuster actuating lever and spring onto the leading brake shoe.
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  19. Manually adjust the brake shoes to the furthest adjusted position but not so far as to interfere with the installation of the brake drum.
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  21. Install the brake drums. Check and adjust the brake shoes as necessary.
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  23. Install the wheel and tire. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  25. Lower the vehicle.
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  27. Road test the vehicle to check for proper brake operation.
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Sebring Coupe and Avenger

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the wheel assembly.
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  3. Remove the brake drum.
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Note the location of all springs and clips for proper reassembly.

  1. Remove the shoe-to-lever spring and remove the adjuster lever.
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  3. Remove the auto adjuster assembly.
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  5. Remove the retainer spring.
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  7. Remove the hold-down springs, washers and pins.
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  9. Remove the shoe-to-shoe spring.
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  11. Remove the brake shoes from the backing plate.
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  13. Using a flat-tipped tool, open up the parking brake lever retaining clip. Remove the clip and washer from the pin on the shoe assembly and remove the shoe from the lever assembly.
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To install:
  1. Thoroughly clean and dry the backing plate. Lubricate the backing plate at the brake shoe contact points.
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  3. Lubricate backing plate bosses, anchor pin, and parking brake actuating mechanism with a lithium-based grease.
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  5. Install the parking brake lever assembly on the lever pin. Install the wave washer and a new retaining clip. Use pliers or the like to install the retainer on the pin. If removed, connect the parking brake lever to the parking brake cable and verify that the cable is properly routed.
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  7. Clean and lubricate the adjuster assembly. Make sure the nut-adjuster is drawn all the way to the stop, but the nut must NOT lock firmly at the end of the assembly.
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  9. Install the brake shoes on the backing plate with the hold-down springs, washers and pins.
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  11. Install the shoe-to-shoe spring.
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  13. Install the retainer spring.
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  15. Install the auto adjuster assembly and install the adjuster lever and the shoe-to-lever spring.
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  17. Pre-adjust the shoes so the drum slides on with a light drag and install the brake drum.
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  19. Adjust the rear brake shoes and install the rear wheels.
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  21. Adjust the parking brake cable.
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  23. Lower the vehicle and check for proper brake operation.
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Adjustments

Sebring and Avenger

See Figures 24 and 25

Usually, self-adjusting drum brakes do not necessitate manual adjustment. However, in the event of a brake reline, you should make the initial adjustment to speed up the adjustment period.

  1. Make sure the parking brake is fully released.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle so that all wheels are free to turn.
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  5. Remove the rear brake adjusting hole rubber plug from the rear of the brake shoe support plate.
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  7. Insert a suitable brake adjusting tool through the adjusting hole in the support plate and against the star wheel of the adjusting screw. Move the handle of the tool downward until a slight drag is felt when the tire is rotated.
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Fig. Fig. 24: Star wheel type self-adjuster mechanism components-Sebring coupe/convertible and Avenger



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Fig. Fig. 25: Backing off the rear brake shoe adjustment

  1. Insert a thin screwdriver or equivalent into the adjusting hole. Push the adjusting lever out of engagement with the star wheel. Be very careful not to bend the adjusting lever or contort the lever spring. While holding the adjusting lever out of engagement with the star wheel, back off the star wheel to guarantee a free wheel with no drag.
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  3. Repeat the adjustment procedure at the other rear wheel. After the procedure is complete, install the adjusting hole rubber plugs in the rear brake support plates.
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  5. After adjustment, apply and release the parking brake lever one time.
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  7. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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Cirrus, Stratus and Breeze

See Figures 25 and 26

  1. Adjust the rear brakes by depressing the brake pedal. Brake shoe adjustment will occur the first time the brake pedal is depressed, pushing the rear brake shoes against the braking surface of the brake drums. The brake shoes should now be correctly adjusted and will not require any type of manual adjustment.
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Fig. Fig. 26: Automatic self-adjuster mechanism-Cirrus, Stratus and Breeze

 
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