I have a 2000 Chrysler Concorde LXi that I bought recently (with 4
wheel discs & ABS). Having gotten it I discovered that the parking
brake did not work. Thus I took off rear discs and discovered that
somebody took out ALL the parking brake stuff (shoes, levers, hardware
-- only parking brake cables remained in place). Parking cables
appeared to move freely and were NOT frozen in place.
Thus I bought parking brake shoes and hardware from a local auto parts
store as well as levers from the dealer. Having put it all together, I
discovered that the disc did not want to go back on because the inside
was too rusted. Hence I bought new discs.
New discs went on easily, however, they slightly drag at one spot when
I turn the wheel by hand on both sides. I was wondering if the parking
shoes for the front and rear were different. As the box contained no
instructions as to how to differentiate the shoes (front and rear), I
visually inspected them and they looked the same to me.
I drove the car like this for a few miles at highway speeds and the
rear discs were pretty hot (hotter than they normally are, though not
extremely hot). I was wondering whether this is normal and the pads
will simply "break in", or there is a problem.
NOTE: the starwheel adjuster is backed up all the way (i.e. smallest
diameter of shoes possible). I used the shop manual for the
installation -- it says that I have to get 117mm diameter of the shoes
-- I got it in that vicinity, but it is hard to measure because of the
spindle getting in the way (and I really did not want to remove it). I
also scraped as much rust as possible from all the points where shoes
rub, and lubricated those points generously with caliper lube.
Just was wondering if anyone had any thoughts/suggestions.