Jeep CJ/Scrambler 1971-1986 Repair Guide

Brake Shoes

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
Brake shoes 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.

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Back off the adjusters all the way.
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  5. Remove the drums and hubs.
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  7. Install wheel cylinder clamps to retain the wheel cylinder pistons in place and prevent leakage of brake fluid while replacing the shoes.
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  9. Remove the return springs with a brake spring removed tool.
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  11. Remove the adjuster cable, cable guide, adjuster lever and adjuster springs.
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  13. Remove the holddown clips or springs and remove the brake shoes.
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  15. Check the wheel cylinders for leakage. Pull back the dust covers. If there is fluid present behind the dust cover the wheel cylinder must be rebuilt or replaced.
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  17. Clean the backing plate with a brush or cloth. Place a dab of molybdenum disulfide grease on each spot where the shoes rub the backing plate.
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Always replace brake lining in axle sets. Never replace linings on one side.

  1. Install the guide and self-adjuster cable on the anchor pin.
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  3. Install the shoes, one at a time, on the backing plate and secure them with the holddown springs, pins and retainers.
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  5. Install the cross-strut and spring.
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  7. Install the star wheel adjuster, spring and lever.
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  9. Install the return springs.
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  11. Make sure that the brake shoe surfaces are clean and free from any contamination.
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  13. Perform the initial brake shoe adjustment, outlined at the beginning of this section.
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  15. Install the hubs, drums and wheels, lower the truck and check brake operation. Drive the Jeep in a series of alternating forward and reverse stops. Usually 10-15 full stops in reverse are sufficient.
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