Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Brake Shoes

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




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.

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This procedure only applies to vehicles with rear disc brakes.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  3. Remove the rear disc brake caliper and rotor assembly.
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  5. Remove the dust cap from the hub and bearing assembly.
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  7. Remove the hub and bearing assembly retaining nut and washer.
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  9. Remove the rear brake hose hold-down clip.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a park of pliers to remove the rear brake shoe hold-down clip

  1. Turn the brake shoe adjuster wheel until the adjuster is at its shortest length.
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  3. Remove the adjuster from the parking brake shoe assemblies.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the parking brake shoe adjuster

  1. Remove the lower shoe-to-shoe spring.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the lower shoe-to-shoe spring

  1. Pull the rear brake shoe assembly away from the anchor. Then, remove the rear brake shoe and upper spring.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the rear shoe and upper spring as an assembly

  1. Remove the front brake shoe hold-down clip, then remove the front brake shoe assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Unfasten the front brake shoe hold-down clip, then remove the shoe

To install:
  1. Install the front brake shoe and hold-down clip.
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  3. Install the rear brake shoe and the upper brake shoe-to-shoe return spring.
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  5. Pull the rear brake hose over the anchor block until it is properly located on the adapter.
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  7. Install the lower shoe-to-shoe return spring.
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  9. Install the brake shoe adjuster with the star wheel rearward.
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  11. Instal the rear brake shoe hold-down clip.
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  13. Adjust the brake shoes to a diameter of 6.75 in. (171mm).
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  15. Install the rear hub and bearing on the spindle. Install a NEW hub and bearing retaining nut, and tighten to 160 ft. lbs. (217 Nm). Install the dust cap.
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  17. Install the rotor and brake caliper assemblies.
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  19. Install the wheel and tire assembly, then carefully lower the vehicle.
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ADJUSTMENT



The parking brake shoes used in the drum-in-hat parking brake system do not automatically adjust to compensate for brake shoe lining wear. Therefore, it is necessary to manually adjust the parking brake shoes. Manual adjustment is necessary whenever any of the following occurs:



Excessive travel of the parking brake lever
 
Installation of new parking brake shoes
 
Performing any service which may effect the location of the parking brake shoes
 

  1. Make sure the parking brake lever is fully released.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the rubber plug from the adjusting hole in the brake shoe backing plate on both sides of the vehicle.
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  7. For the driver's side (left) adjustment procedure, perform the following:
    1. Insert a medium sized screwdriver through the adjustment hole in the backing plate. Place the screwdriver against the star wheel on the parking brake shoe adjuster mechanism.
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    3. Use the screwdriver to rotate the star wheel downward, until a slight drag is felt when turning the rear wheel.
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    5. Then, use the screwdriver to rotate the star wheel upward just until the rear wheel can be rotated with no parking brake shoe drag.
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    7. From the point where there is no more drag, rotate the star wheel upward a maximum of 2 additional clicks. The parking brake shoe-to-drum clearance is now properly adjusted.
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  9. For the passenger's side (right) adjustment procedure, perform the following:
    1. Insert a medium sized screwdriver through the adjustment hole in the backing plate. Place the screwdriver against the star wheel on the parking brake shoe adjuster mechanism.
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    3. Use the screwdriver to rotate the star wheel upward, until a slight drag is felt when turning the rear wheel.
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    5. Then, use the screwdriver to rotate the star wheel downward just until the rear wheel can be rotated with no parking brake shoe drag.
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    7. From the point where there is no more drag, rotate the star wheel downward a maximum of 2 additional clicks. The parking brake shoe-to-drum clearance is now properly adjusted.
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  11. Install the rubber plug into the adjusting hole on the brake shoe backing plate on both sides of the vehicle.
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  13. Lower the vehicle far enough to get to the parking brake lever, without the rear tires touching the ground.
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  15. Fully apply and release the parking brakes 2 times after adjusting the parking brake shoes. Then, rotate both rear wheels to be sure the parking brake shoes do not drag on the brake drum following the operation and release of the parking brake.
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