Taurus 2006-2007

Brake Drums


Removal & Installation

Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  5. Remove the brake drum.
    If the brake drum cannot be removed easily, remove the brake tube-to-axle retention bracket and pry rubber plug from rear brake backing plate inspection hole. This will allow sufficient room for insertion of a screwdriver and brake tools to disengage brake shoe adjusting lever and back off the brake adjuster screw.

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    Fig. Retracting the brake shoes to allow drum removal-Taurus and Sable

  7. Inspect the drum for scoring and/or other wear. Machine or replace, as necessary.

To install:

  1. Measure the brake drum inside diameter using a brake adjustment gauge.
  3. Using the brake adjustment gauge, adjust the brake shoes to the same dimensions as the brake drum.
  5. Position the brake drum over the brake shoes on the axle hub.
  7. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  9. Pump the brake pedal several times to position the brake shoes and complete the adjustment.
  11. Road test the vehicle and check for proper brake system operation.