Rear Brake Adjustment

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    Default Rear Brake Adjustment

    I did a search here but didn't find exactly what I was looking for. My brake pedal was getting pretty sloppy so I decided to adjust the rear brakes. I've got the LSD and it's pretty tough to get a good feel for how tight the brakes are getting. I got them fairly tight and took it for a ride. Boy, does the pedal feel good! However, applying the parking brake I could only get nine clicks or so if I pressed it real hard. The book says 6-9 clicks with 66 lbs. but I'd guess I've got more than that. I still like the feel of the pedal and was thinking that I needed to bleed the brakes to get clean fluid in them ('03, 85k miles, original fluid) until I adjusted the brakes. I'd say, on a scale of 1-10 with 5 being adjusted perfectly I'm at about 6 or 7.

    Now, my question is this. I always use the parking brake and I know it adjusts the rear shoes. Will the parking brake loosen the shoes if they are too tight? It wouldn't appear like it would since the little metal tab keeps the star adjuster from going one way.

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    Default Re: Rear Brake Adjustment

    [/quote]
    Now, my question is this. I always use the parking brake and I know it adjusts the rear shoes. Will the parking brake loosen the shoes if they are too tight? It wouldn't appear like it would since the little metal tab keeps the star adjuster from going one way.[/quote]

    Did you check/top off the reservoir with fresh fluid before starting?

    Self adjusting only works to a certain point (still soft) & then you have to manually adjust the brakes.

    I adjusted my brakes by visually watching the gap through the inspection hole at the edge of the brake backing plate. I left about a 64th of an inch.

    My brakes were al lot firmer & my emergency brake pedal travel dropped by almost 50% (guesstimate). Nothing has changed with this since I made the adjustment several months ago. I use my emergency brake every day when I park.

    HTH

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    Default Re: Rear Brake Adjustment

    the parking brake does adjust the rear shoes, but the actual cable on the parking brake itself is adjustable where it goes under the truck by the driver's side door. first adjust the rear brakes, then adjust the parking brake cable. here is a good read to learn more about the tundra brakes:

    Toyota Tundra Brake FAQ - Maintenance and Adjustment
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    Default Re: Rear Brake Adjustment

    i heard from a friend mechanic that another way to adjust the drums in the back is just to put the truck in reverse, back up to a pretty decent speed and just slam on the brakes... do it a couple times and its adjusted. I have the hardest time believing that can even be true...

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    Default Re: Rear Brake Adjustment

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoya View Post
    i heard from a friend mechanic that another way to adjust the drums in the back is just to put the truck in reverse, back up to a pretty decent speed and just slam on the brakes... do it a couple times and its adjusted. I have the hardest time believing that can even be true...
    Not a good idea; back up softly and apply the brakes not slam the gas and apply the brakes, very good way to glaze the shoes.

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    Default Re: Rear Brake Adjustment

    adjust the drum brakes with the star wheel ONLY!!!
    there should never be a need to adjust anything having
    to do with the cable. yspert
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