I HAVE CHANGED THE REAR BRAKES ON THIS CAR DRUM ...

  • Tiny
  • gbarnhart
  • 1986 Merkur XR4ti
  • 75,000 miles

I have changed the rear brakes on this car (drum) and when I lock the brakes in place so I can get the brake drum on, how do you unlock the brakes that when you put your foot on the brake pedal that it will work?

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012 AT 9:32 PM

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  • caradiodoc
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Can you clarify what you're trying to do? How and why are you trying to lock something to put a drum on?

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012 AT 10:28 PM
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  • gbarnhart
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When putting on the new rear brake shoes, there is a small bar (horizonally) across the top that holds the shoes to the wheel cyclinder with two springs. There is a small catch on it that keeps the shoes to gether until you have put the brake drum on. When you step on the brakes it should expand the brakes to release the catch, but it is not doing this. I would think that the car would have to be running in order for the power booster to apply pressure to release this catch. Maybe the power booster is leaking and not enough pressure to actually expand the brakes?

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Friday, October 19th, 2012 AT 7:34 PM
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Any chance you can post a closeup photo of the assembly?

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Saturday, October 20th, 2012 AT 3:51 AM

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