Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Brake Drums

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

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



LeCar


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Fig. Fig. 1 Removing the LeCar rear brake drum-R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini models are similar

A three-jawed hub puller and a dial indicator are necessary for this procedure.

  1. Raise and support the rear end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the grease cap.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin, shaft nut, lock plate and washer.
  8.  
  9. Back off the brake shoe adjustment.
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  11. Remove the drum with a three-jawed hub puller.
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  13. Install the drum by smearing the bore with chassis lube and driving it on using the shaft nut.
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  15. Adjust the rear axle bearings as described in .
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Alliance and Encore


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Fig. Fig. 2 Removing the Alliance and Encore brake drum using a slide hammer



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Fig. Fig. 3 Back off the Alliance and Encore brake adjuster for drum removal

  1. Raise and support the rear end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the parking brake adjustment. Remove the grease cap and stub axle nut and washer.
  6.  
  7. Pull the drums off. If the drums are difficult to remove, it may be necessary to retract the brake shoes by removing the plug from the backing plate and backing off the adjusting starwheel with a screwdriver or brake adjusting tool. If the drum still won't come off, it will be necessary to remove it with a slide hammer with hub puller adapter.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the stub axle nut to 118 ft. lbs.
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R-12, R-15 and R-17
  1. Raise and support the rear of the car on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Follow the adjustment procedure at the beginning of this section to zero the shoe adjustment.
  6.  
  7. Remove the grease cap.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cotter pin, shaft nut and washer.
  10.  
  11. Using a hub puller, remove the drum.
  12.  
  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Lightly grease the hub bore with chassis lube and drive the drum into place with the shaft nut. Adjust the bearings as described in .
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R-18, Fuego and Sport Wagon
  1. Raise and support the rear end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Back off the parking brake adjustment.
  4.  
  5. Zero the self-adjusting mechanism as described at the beginning of this section.
  6.  
  7. Remove the grease cap, the cotter pin, nut and washer.
  8.  
  9. Pull the drum off. Don't drop the outer bearing.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the wheel bearings as described in .
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INSPECTION



Check the braking surface for cracks, scoring, pitting or discoloration due to overheating. Check the diameter for roundness. The drums can be resurfaced at any good automotive machine shop. The maximum oversize is stamped on the drum and listed in the brake specifications chart in this section. Renault states that both drums must be resurfaced an equal amount, even if only one needs resurfacing.

 
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