Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-CYL 1988-1995 Repair Information

Brake Backing Plate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except Premier and Monaco

See Figure 1


WARNING
On vehicles equipped with a Bendix Type 6 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), a Diagnostic Readout Box (DRB or DRB II) is necessary for brake system bleeding. Failure to use a DRB to bleed the system will lead to system failure. Refer to the ABS portion of this section for bleeding procedures and precautions.

  1. Slightly loosen the rear lug nuts.
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  3. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the drum cap, cotter pin, washer, locknut and adjusting nut, then remove the brake drum.
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  7. Disconnect the adjuster lever spring.
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  9. Disconnect the brake line from the rear brake cylinder. Plug the brake line to keep the brake fluid from becoming contaminated.
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  11. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the brake lever. Compress the parking brake cable clip (using a 14mm box wrench over the clip compresses all three retaining fingers). Pull the cable out of the backing plate, then remove the backing plate from the vehicle.
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  13. Remove the backing plate attaching bolts and washers, then separate the backing plate and spindle from the rear support trailing arm.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The backing plate and stub axle is attached to the trailing arm by 4 bolts-except Premier and Monaco

To install:
  1. Lubricate the brake shoe contact points on the backing plate with brake lubricant or moly grease.
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  3. Insert the parking brake cable into the backing plate.
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  5. Install the backing plate, gasket and spindle onto the rear suspension member. Tighten the backing plate bolts to 53 ft. lbs. (71 Nm).
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  7. Attach the parking brake cable to the brake lever.
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  9. Connect the brake tube to the rear wheel cylinder. Tighten the brake fitting to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
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  11. Install the brake drum. For more details, refer to the brake drum installation procedure located earlier in this section.
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  13. Adjust and bleed the brake system before driving anywhere.
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  15. Adjust the parking brake after adjusting the service brakes.
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  17. Install the wheels and tighten the lug nuts until snug.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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  21. Tighten the lug nuts to the specified torque in the torque chart in Suspension & Steering .
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Premier and Monaco

See Figure 2


WARNING
On vehicles equipped with a Bendix Type 6 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), a Diagnostic Readout Box (DRB or DRB II) is necessary for brake system bleeding. Failure to use a DRB to bleed the system will lead to system failure. Refer to the ABS portion of this section for bleeding procedures and precautions.

  1. Slightly loosen the rear lug nuts.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hub cap and nut, then remove the brake drum and axle hub as one assembly.
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  7. Remove the brake shoes (or the shoes can be removed after the backing plate is removed from the rear axle assembly). For more details on the removal of the rear brake shoes, refer to the brake shoe procedure earlier in this section.
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  9. Disconnect the brake line from the rear brake cylinder. Plug the brake line to keep the brake fluid from becoming contaminated.
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  11. Remove the wheel cylinder bolts and remove the cylinder from the backing plate. The wheel cylinder can also be removed after the backing plate is removed from the vehicle.
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  13. Remove the axle shaft bolts, then remove the axle shaft.
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  15. Compress the parking brake cable clip. Pull the cable out of the backing plate, then remove the backing plate from the vehicle.
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  17. If equipped, remove the stiffener plate from the backing plate.
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Fig. Fig. 2: The Premier and Monaco also use 4 mounting bolts, but they thread in from the backside of the assembly

To install:
  1. Lubricate the brake shoe contact points on the backing plate with brake lubricant or moly grease.
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  3. If applicable, install the stiffener plate on the backing plate. Tighten the attaching bolts/nuts to 12 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
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  5. The brake shoes and wheel cylinder can be installed on the backing plate at either this time, or after the backing plate is installed on the rear axle assembly.
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  7. Position the backing plate and axle shaft on the trailing arm, then install the attaching bolts. Tighten the attaching bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
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  9. Install the brake shoes and wheel cylinder, if not all ready performed.
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  11. Adjust the brake shoes, then install the brake drum and hub on the axle.
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  13. Secure the hub to the axle shaft with a new nut. Tighten the axle hub nut to 123 ft. lbs. (167 Nm).
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  15. Install the cap in the axle hub.
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  17. Bleed the brake system. For more details, refer to the bleeding procedures earlier in this section.
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  19. Install the wheel and tighten the lug nuts until snug.
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  21. Lower the vehicle.
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  23. Tighten the lug nuts to the specified torque in the torque chart in Suspension & Steering .
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