Neon, 2000-2005

Brake Shoes

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Adjustment




NOTE
Usually, self-adjusting drum brakes do not necessitate manual adjustment. However, in the brake shoes have been replaced making the initial adjustment will speed up the adjustment period.

  1. Make sure the parking brake is fully released.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle so that all wheels are free to turn.
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  5. Remove the rear brake adjusting hole rubber plug from the rear of the brake shoe support plate.

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    Fig. Remove the rubber plug (1) from the rear brake adjusting hole (2) in the back of the support plate

    Remove the rubber plug (1) from the rear brake adjusting hole (2) in the back of the support plate
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  7. Insert a suitable brake adjusting tool through the adjusting hole in the support plate and against the star wheel of the adjusting screw. Move the handle of the tool downward until a slight drag is felt when the tire is rotated.
    1. If the brake shoes are over tightened insert a thin screwdriver or equivalent into the adjusting hole and push the adjusting lever out of engagement with the star wheel. Be very careful not to bend the adjusting lever or contort the lever spring. While holding the adjusting lever out of engagement with the star wheel, back off the star wheel to release the drag of the brake shoes.

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      Fig. Adjusting the rear drum brakes

      Adjusting the rear drum brakes
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  9. Repeat the adjustment procedure at the other rear wheel. After the procedure is complete, install the adjusting hole rubber plugs in the rear brake support plates.
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  11. After adjustment, apply and release the parking brake lever one time.
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  13. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove the rear wheels.
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  5. Remove the drums.
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  7. Remove the automatic adjuster spring and lever.
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  9. Remove the hold-down clips and pins.
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  11. Rotate the automatic adjuster starwheel enough so both shoes move out far enough to be free of the wheel cylinder boots.
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  13. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the actuating lever.
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  15. Remove the lower shoe to shoe spring.
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  17. With the shoes held together by the upper shoe to shoe spring, remove them from the backing plate.

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    Fig. Kelsey Hayes rear brake assembly (left side shown)

    Kelsey Hayes rear brake assembly (left side shown)

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    Fig. Exploded view of the drum brake assembly-2004 model shown

    Exploded view of the drum brake assembly-2004 model shown
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To install:

  1. Thoroughly clean and dry the backing plate. To prepare the backing plate, lubricate the bosses, anchor pin and parking brake actuating lever pivot surface lightly with lithium based grease.
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  3. Remove, clean and dry all brake components. Lubricate the starwheel shaft threads with anti-seize lubricant and transfer all parts to their proper locations on the new shoes.
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  5. Reinstall the lower spring.
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  7. Reconnect the parking brake cable.
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  9. Reinstall the automatic adjuster lever and spring.
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  11. Adjust the starwheel.
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  13. Remove any grease from the linings and install the drum.
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  15. Reinstall the wheels and properly adjust the brakes.
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  17. Check for proper brake system operation.
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