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Old 11-26-2009, 01:51 AM   #37
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Okay i found the pics so everything is relinked and back up now.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:11 PM   #38
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Hey, Thanks for the write up. Just did it yesterday and you're right, the braking is entirely better.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:34 PM   #39
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i just had a 27 point inspection or something at a toyota dealer

they told me my rear brakes were out of alignment, and explained it like my brakes were not expanding enough to grab the sides of a bowl or something...

is this what i need to do to fix that?
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #40
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HELP HELP HELP. in middle of doing this, only have 30 mins til i gotta be somewhere. i CAN NOT get off the brake drum. i see im slightly bending the backing plate when i try the screw driver method. any help??!!?
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:22 AM   #41
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^I guess it's too late but... 1. Parking brakes off. 2. Whack it with hammer or mallet a few times. or.. 3. do the appropriate bolt size into the hole to force it off that way.

I just whack it with a hammer.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:24 PM   #42
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Best way is using the bolts to ease it off 10 MM if I remember correct. I bent the crap out of my backing plate before trying the bolts.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:01 PM   #43
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thanks for clarifying the size of the bolts, i had a box of screws (including wood screws-i got desperate) but didn't have the right size and gave up. i tried to go through the rubber plug that everyone suggested not to go through (once again, desperate) but i had no idea what i was doing. guess ill go to hardware store, pick up 2 10mm bolts and try again next weekend. thank you
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:28 AM   #44
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arent these brakes self adjusting? Dont they adjust when you back up? Or doesnt that setup work after a while?
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:42 AM   #45
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Yes, they adjust as you back up. The adjustment allows you to apply the same amount of distance in the foot. The problem lies in the the cable/hand brake. I don't know the reason for this but you still have to adjust it every-so often in order to tighten that up. It is important to note that you should adjust at the brakes first, then see about tightening at the base of the hand brake.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:27 PM   #46
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Thanks YarisSedan, I am soon going to be replacing my shoes which have 135,000kms on them. Knowledge sharing is appreciated.

Okay, did my oil & filter change this evening and checked the drums while I was at it........... new shoes have 4.6mm of braking material and the shoes after 135,000kms have 3.6mm of brake material left. So I'll leave them in for another 1mm of wear I reckon.

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Old 04-11-2012, 11:41 AM   #47
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Sorry for the bump. But OP can you please relink the pics? Thanks
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:05 PM   #48
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Ok, I am not seeing these pics.

Is it just me or are they gone? If they are gone from this thread does anybody have them?

Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:46 PM   #49
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Sorry guys the account I used for Web hosting closed so some pictures are lost I have to adjust my rear brakes again soon so ill try to put some new pics up and put them on photo bucket with a link
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:50 AM   #50
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^Thanks.

Been wanting to do this.

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Old 10-15-2012, 03:36 PM   #51
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Well there were pictures up unfortunately they are lost thats why im hoping someone might have viewed it and still ahve images in thier cache before i changed server hosts. Otherwise i might have to redo the diy and take new pictures all over again.
I had both on my car done about 23k miles ago (so I probably won't need to again for quite a while) and I paid only a little bit less than Jamal1984 did. The pictures will help more than a few people whenever you are able to get pics to display and all will appreciate your gesture.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:09 PM   #52
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Yes,if someone could repost the pics, that would be a great help.So, you adjust the drum first,then adjust the parking brake?.Now the adjustment for the parking brake lever.....is this a different procedure? or is the lever adjusted when the drum brakes are adjusted/taken-up?.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:44 PM   #53
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At the end of all this, sounds better to service the entire rear brake assembly at one time vs. cleaning and messing with all the dust to just adjust the parking brake. I know it is rather comforting to have it adjusted where you only have to pull a couple clicks, but it doesn't hurt to have to pull it a few more clicks until you can get around to an entire "drum rotating, shoe changing, assembly cleaning" service.

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about cleaning it much if all I was doing was adjusting the parking brake. Likely not the best way to go, but cannot make it any worse than before getting in there.

Overall, however, thanks for the DIY. I know it takes a lot of effort to take pics and upload all those instructions.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #54
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At the end of all this, sounds better to service the entire rear brake assembly at one time vs. cleaning and messing with all the dust to just adjust the parking brake. I know it is rather comforting to have it adjusted where you only have to pull a couple clicks, but it doesn't hurt to have to pull it a few more clicks until you can get around to an entire "drum rotating, shoe changing, assembly cleaning" service.

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about cleaning it much if all I was doing was adjusting the parking brake. Likely not the best way to go, but cannot make it any worse than before getting in there.

Overall, however, thanks for the DIY. I know it takes a lot of effort to take pics and upload all those instructions.
I didn't like the sound coming from that area. The sound motivated me to have it checked. The local shop I went to (not a dealer) cleaned out all the dust and serviced the cable (I thought the sound might be signaling something more extensive). When I left, the cable was as tight as when the car was new and the sound that had motivated me to take the car in was gone. The miniscule cost was worth it to me. My brakes continue to work as new, had only 20% wear at approximately 208,000 miles, and I've never done anything else to the brakes (front or rear). Might not be what works for others, but has worked for me. Just my 2 cents .
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