Handbrake is now quite slack and I need to adust rear brakes.
Any tips on how to adjust please.
UK Focus 1.6 Zetec, 2004 model year with ABS..Rear drums.
Is there a preset torque setting when setting up the rear wheel
bearing once the drum has been removed/replaced, or is it just
tightened up and then loosened back by a small amount.
Is the hub seperate from the drum, or all one piece.
Rear brake adjustment of course is automatic. If you only want to
adjust the handbrake, there is no need to remove the drums.
If you want to access the shoes, the best way *in my opinion* is
to remove the 4 bolts holding the bearing carrier to the hub.
These can be seen from under the car, looking at the brake
backplate. The drum complete with bearing carrier comes off as
one unit. Doing it this way does not involve disturbing the
bearings at all, and means you have much more room to
remove/replace the shoes if needed. If ABS is fitted, you have to
do a bit of jiggling with the sensor wire.
There are those that will tell you that it is too difficult to
get to the bolts, or even that the bolts are prone to
breaking(?). However this method is as described by the admirable
Mr Haynes, and is also the way my local dealer does them. Later
Escorts were exactly the same and I've done a number of them
without a problem.
Thanks for the info Chris. Not got this reply yet via BTOpenworld
newsgroups.....hence replying via Google.
Does disconnecting and re-connecting the ABS lead cause any
probles/warning lights to come up on next engine start??
Handbrake is quite high up, so want to adjust that. I was always
"told" that the rear shoes should be checked/adjusted first before the
cable slack is taken up. There is a little movement on the brake
pedal, so I just want to check that the adjusters are doing their job
Sensible advice. Check front discs/pads at the same time, and you
will have peace of mind for a while.
There is a little movement on the brake
I like to remove the drums once a year, clean out the dust and
lubricate the rubbing points. I then release the self-adjust pawl
so that on re-assembly I can determine that the self adjust is
If the handbrake travel is still excessive, it is easy to adjust
from inside the vehicle. I would do that with both rear wheels
off the ground to ensure that the handbrake is releasing fully.
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