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Old 05-17-2018, 06:49 PM   #1  
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noticed a grinding the other day. couldnt check the front brakes until today. the rain let up for a bit. WOO HOO!!!

well took off the passenger side and all was well, plenty of meat on the pads.

took off the drivers side and noticed the inside pad is well paper thin. also saw that the piece that the 9/16 bolt goes into that slides well doesnt slide. tried hitting it to free it. nothing it just spins. any suggestions??

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a picture would be a big help. & always check the inner pads, for what you found.



Have you been adjusting the rear brakes, I do every oil change, since the self-adjusters don't work. & if the fronts are doing all the work, that's not good. Need all working as a team.
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Sleeper,

What procedure do you follow to adjust your rears.

I have never had the rear drums off to see what's inside and wondered if there are one or two adjusters on each side. I assume you just pop off the rubber covers and use a brake spoon or flat head screw driver or custom tool.
I have had Chevrolet do it but do not pay that much attention since I have adjusted hundreds of brakes over the many years on cars, trucks, and Marine trailers.

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That's right , one adjuster at the top, the direction of turning depends on year.
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thanks, but my rear is adjusted. LOL

seriously tho, my issue is on the drivers side front clamshell that holds the caliper. the sliders. one does not go in and out it just spins, not freely tho.

my inner pad on that side is real thin the outer is fine.

i am having trouble posting pics from photobucket.
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Don's got a link above your post. How to post pictures.

Why use photobucket when you can post directly here on this site.
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Photobucket changed it's TOS many months ago.

The easiest thing to do is get a rebuilt caliper with the bracket.
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Are you talking about this part ?

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Hey man, those are my brakes! They don’t gleam like that anymore! You should’ve able to pull the pins out and clean them and lube them with brake slide.
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Sleeper,

What procedure do you follow to adjust your rears.

I have never had the rear drums off to see what's inside and wondered if there are one or two adjusters on each side. I assume you just pop off the rubber covers and use a brake spoon or flat head screw driver or custom tool.
I have had Chevrolet do it but do not pay that much attention since I have adjusted hundreds of brakes over the many years on cars, trucks, and Marine trailers.

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SF- It's simple really, each side you just put in the brake spoon & pull down on spoon on the star on the adjuster, that expands the shoes, I do that till I hear the slightest sprag & stop.

I never remove the wheels or drums, unless for a clean out & inspection. But the pic of my left rear brake is to show the workings inside.



Used to be the adjusters were on the bottom. HHR has em on top. Hope this helps buddy.

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