Hey Guys. I recently replaced the rotors on my truck and while I was at it, I figured I'd inspect all the brakes. I've got about 96k and still have the OEM pads in the rear drums. They still have about 1/2 pad left in them. However, I noticed the driverside rear was sticking, in other words, when I'm driving and come to a complete stop, I can hear a clunk coming from that side (its not the slip yolk). Jacked up the rear and my dad listened as I hit the brakes and sure enough it stuck at a stop and also was catchy before the wheel started spinning, sorry for not being more technical. Another observation is when I slammed the brakes the passenger rear would instantly lock up and the driver side didn't, it just slowed quickly to a stop. I sprayed brake cleaner liberally and tried to lube the contact points without removing the pads since I was running out of daylight.
Now with all this, I had the rear parking cable that was dropping and sure enough I have a stuck bell crank on that same driver side drum. I've got the "How to" and going to fix it this weekend (great write up btw ).
Is the driver side rear sticking due to the bell crank? Anything else I should look for in the drum that could cause sticking? It all looked pretty good when it was cleaned off. How long do these rear pads last?