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Rear Brake Adjustment Question(s)

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07-21-04, 09:42 AM   #1  
Rear Brake Adjustment Question(s)

I just put new drums and semi-metallic brake shoes on the back of my 87 Chev. Celebrity. My question is, how tight? should the shoes be up against the drums? How do I know when I have them adjusted up enough?

After getting everything put back together, I drove it down the driveway to test the brakes. When I apply the brakes they sound like they are grinding and seem to have a bit more travel in the pedal that I think they should have. Is this normal (I usually buy brakes that are non-metalic and I know just enough to get me into trouble ).

Any help would be appreciated.


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07-21-04, 02:32 PM   #2  
Adjust until there is a slight drag. Noise is not uncommon with new friction surfaces, although I've personally never heard of 'semi-metallic' brake shoes.

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