Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Brake Shoes

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INSPECTION




CAUTION
Older brake pads or shoes may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surface with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

The rear brake shoe linings should show contact across the entire width of the lining, and also from the heel to the toe of the lining. It not, the brake shoes should be replaced. You should always replace the brake shoes in axle sets.

Brake shoes that don't contact at the toe or heel might be improperly grounded.

Clean and inspect the brake support plate and adjusting screws. Apply a thin coat of multi-purpose lubricant to the threads of the self adjuster. If it becomes corroded, you should replace the adjusting screw.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 19

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  3. If equipped, remove the brake drum-to-hub and bearing assembly retaining clips, then remove the brake drum.
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  5. Remove the adjustment lever-to-leading brake shoe spring.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to unhook the adjustment lever-to-leading brake shoe spring

  1. Remove the automatic adjustment lever from the brake shoe.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the automatic adjustment lever from the brake shoe

  1. Remove the hold-down clips and pins attaching the leading and trailing brake shoes to the brake support plate.
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Fig. Fig. 3: There is a special tool that fits into the grooves of the hold-down clips and pins



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Fig. Fig. 4: You can use this tool to loosen ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then remove the hold-down clips and pins



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Fig. Fig. 6: If you don't have the brake tool, a pair of needle nose pliers work just as well to grasp the clip ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then turn the clip to free it and pull the pin out of the back of the backing plate

  1. Remove the lower brake shoe-to-anchor plate return spring.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Use needle-nose pliers to unhook the lower brake shoe-to-anchor plate return spring ...



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Fig. Fig. 9: ... then remove the spring from the shoes

  1. Remove the parking brake lever pin-to-rear brake shoe retaining clip.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the parking brake lever pin-to-shoe retaining clip

  1. If possible with the hub and bearing in place, remove the leading and trailing brake shoes, upper return spring, and automatic adjuster screw from the brake support (backing) plate as an assembly.
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  3. If its not possible to remove the brake shoes, spring and adjuster screw as an assembly because the hub is in the way, perform the following:
    1. Pull the leading brake shoe away from the backing plate, unhook the return spring, then remove the shoe from the vehicle.

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      Fig. Fig. 11: Pull the leading brake shoe from the backing plate ...



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      Fig. Fig. 12: ... then unhook the return spring from the shoe and remove the shoe from the vehicle

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    3. Unhook the return spring from the trailing shoe, disengage the shoe from the parking brake lever, then remove the shoe from the vehicle.

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      Fig. Fig. 13: Unhook the return spring from the trailing shoe



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      Fig. Fig. 14: Disengage the trailing shoe from the parking brake lever and remove the shoe from the vehicle

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    5. Remove the automatic adjusting screw from the backing plate.

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      Fig. Fig. 15: Now you can remove the automatic adjusting screw from the backing plate

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    7. If necessary, grasp the sparking brake cable, then detach the parking brake lever from the cable.

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      Fig. Fig. 16: Hold the parking brake cable with needle-nose pliers, then disengage the parking brake lever from the cable

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To install:
  1. Lubricate the eight shoe contact areas on the support plate and anchor using a suitable multi-purpose lubricant.
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Fig. Fig. 17: Use a rag to clean off the brake support plate contact areas ...



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Fig. Fig. 18: ... then apply a small amount of multi-purpose lubricant to the 8 contact areas

  1. Before installation on the brake plate, assemble the front and rear brake shoe assembly, automatic adjuster screw and upper return spring.
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  3. Install the pre-assembled brake shoe assembly on the brake support plate.
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  5. Install the wave washer on the pin of the parking brake lever.
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  7. Install the pin on the parking brake lever into the hole in the rear brake shoe assembly.
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  9. Install both brake shoes to the brake support plate, then install the hold-down pins and clips.
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