How can I replace my rear brake pads and rotors (shoes and drums)?

Tiny
CARADIODOC
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You don't have to keep on buying new wheel cylinders. Just put the spring and lip seal back in followed by the piston and dust boot, then gravity-bleed it again.

Check that the shoes aren't upside-down. Set the shoes inside the drum to be sure you have the right ones. There's 9", 10", and 11 1/2" drums and shoes. If you have the wrong diameter you should also have a low brake pedal.
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 AT 11:35 AM (Merged)
Tiny
COKHILLBILLY
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  • 1992 FORD TAURUS
I have replaced a cailper on the rear of the car. It has disc brakes on the rear and I was told I have to adjust park brake because the caliper is sticking can anyone tell me how to do this.
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Tiny
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There is no adjustment at the caliper for the parking brake, it is integral to the caliper, there is a gear within the caliper piston which turns it outward when you step on the park brake pedal, that is why you must use the piston tool to rotate the piston inward when you replace the pads. The adjustment is at the parking brake cable under the drivers door next to the frame, loosen or tighten there, give it a healthy dose of anti-seize compound, it'll always work for you. If your parking brake is not releasing correctly, the problem is within the cable itself, they don't last forever, or the caliper piston itself is sticking, you said you replaced the caliper though, unless there's an issue with the new one.
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Tiny
COKHILLBILLY
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I didnot use the piston tool to push the piston inward I stuck the caliper and pads on is that y the caliper is sticking
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Tiny
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How did you get the piston to retract? There wouldn't be enough clearance for the new pads to fit, you wouldn't be able to put the caliper back over the disc. If you used c-clamp or some type of tool used to push the piston back, such as the tool used for the front calipers, you most likely will break the gears within the rear pistons. On a new or rebuilt calipoer the piston may or may not already be in the retracted position.
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Tiny
COKHILLBILLY
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Thank you so much for the advice I did use a c clamp to push the caliper piston in. And I found the adjustment for the park brake under the driver side rear door. You saved me alot of time and money.
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Tiny
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There's a little tool you can buy expressly for the rear caliper pistons, normally around 10 bucks or so, it fits on a 3 8 rachet and allows you to retract the piston, make sure when you do, you leave the notches (2) in the 12 and 6 positions so the pins on the pads will fit in.
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ROXANNEMILLER
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How do I adjust rear calipers when putting on brakes
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JOUGH626
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Calipers are self adjusting. When you remove the old pads, the piston(s) in side the calipers will be extended from their cylinders. They make a tool to shove the piston back in the caliper, but I'm sure since your asking that you don't have one of these. If you just open the bleeder screw and use the handle of a hammer, you can carefully push the piston back in. Then tighten the bleeder screw. Put it all back together and bleed the system, starting with the caliper on the passenger side, then the drivers side. If your going to do all four wheels, then bleed the right-rear first, left-rear second, right-front third, left-front last. After the system is bleed, the calipers squeeze the rotors and after you release the brake pedal, they back off just a couple hundereths of a inch. I hope this helps.
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