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 portio