Chrysler Full-Size Vans 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Brake Drum

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INSPECTION




CAUTION
Brake shoes may 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.

See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Maximum allowable inside diameter dimensions are stamped on the rim of the brake drum

Check that there are no cracks or chips in the braking surface. Excessive bluing indicates overheating and a replacement drum is needed. The drum can be machined to remove minor damage and to establish a rounded braking surface on a warped drum. Never exceed the maximum oversize of the drum when machining the braking surface. The maximum inside diameter is stamped on the rim of the drum.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Servo Type With Single Anchor

See Figure 2

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Fig. Fig. 2: Releasing the automatic adjuster lever from the starwheel

  1. Jack and support the van.
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  3. Remove the plug from the brake adjustment access hole.
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  5. Insert a thin bladed screwdriver through the adjusting hole and hold the adjusting lever away from the star wheel.
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  7. Release the brake by prying down against the star wheel with a brake spoon.
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  9. Remove the rear wheel and clips from the wheel studs. Remove the brake drum.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the brakes.
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Bendix Duo-Servo Type
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire.
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  5. Remove the axle shaft nuts, washers and cones. If the cones do not readily release, rap the axle shaft sharply in the center.
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  7. Remove the axle shaft.
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  9. Remove the outer hub nut.
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  11. Straighten the lockwasher tab and remove it along with the inner nut and bearing.
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  13. Carefully remove the drum.
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To install:
  1. Position the drum on the axle housing.
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  3. Install the bearing and inner nut. While rotating the wheel and tire, tighten the adjusting nut until a slight drag is felt.
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  5. Back off the adjusting nut 1 / 6 turn so that the wheel rotates freely without excessive end-play.
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  7. Install the lockrings and nut. Place a new gasket on the hub and install the axle shaft, cones, lockwashers and nuts.
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  9. Install the wheel and tire.
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  11. Road test the vehicle.
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