PT Cruiser, 2001 - 2005

Brake Shoes

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Adjustments



  1. Verify the parking brake lever is in the fully released position.
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  3. Raise the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Perform the following steps on each rear drum brake assembly.

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  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly from the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the brake drum.
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  9. Using a brake shoe gauge, Special Tool C-3919 or equivalent, measure the inside diameter of the brake drum. Tighten the gauge set-screw at this measurement.
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  11. Place the other side of the brake shoe gauge on the brake shoes as shown.
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  13. Adjust the shoe diameter to the setting on the gauge. To adjust the shoe diameter, turn the adjuster-screw star-wheel using a screwdriver inserted through the adjusting hole in the rear of the shoe support plate. Once the tip of the screwdriver contacts the star-wheel teeth, move the handle of tool downward using the support plate as a pivot to adjust the shoes outward.
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  15. Once the shoe diameter is set, reinstall the brake drum.
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  17. Turn the drum. A slight drag should be felt while rotating the drum.
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  19. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Tighten the wheel mounting nuts to a torque of 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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  21. After adjusting both rear drum brakes, lower the vehicle.
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  23. Apply and release the parking brake lever one time after the adjustment process is completed so the parking brakes can readjust themselves to the new brake shoe adjustment.
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  25. Road test vehicle stopping in both forward and reverse directions. Automatic-adjuster will continue to adjust brakes as necessary during road test.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheels
     
    Drums
     
    Automatic adjuster spring and lever
     
    Hold-down clips and pins
     

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  5. Rotate the automatic adjuster starwheel enough so both shoes move out far enough to be free of the wheel cylinder boots.

    Parking brake cable from the actuating lever
     
    Lower shoe-to-shoe spring
     
    Shoes from the backing plate, holding them together by the upper shoe-to-shoe spring

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    Fig. Kelsey Hayes rear brake assembly (left side 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. Install or connect the following:

    Lower spring
     
    Parking brake cable
     
    Automatic adjuster lever and spring
     

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  7. Adjust the starwheel.
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  9. Remove any grease from the linings and install the drum.

    Wheels and properly adjust the brakes
     

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  11. Check for proper brake system operation.
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