Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Mid Michignan
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Rear Brakes 1990 Chevy 1/2 Ton Work Truck
Replacing the rear brakes on my 1/2 ton work truck. What a pain, worse brakes I've ever worked on. Still had a lot of lining on old brake shoes except they lining busted off on the bottom right at the reivets. The manual has you assembling the brakes on the floor and then slipping them on the axle. Problem #1, the emergency lever dose;nt reach all the way to the floor. However after loosing one eclip, and snapping one e clip I used a snap ring to hold on the lever. Had to leave off the tension washer as with it on the post wasn't long enough to put a clip on, the grove was still inside of the shoe material. Got the brakes on and when I tried to adjust them in enough to allow the drum to slip on the top spring would disconnect and come off. Even though they weren't really bad I took the drums up and had them turned, to hopefully gain enough room to have the shoes expanded out far enough to keep the spring from falling out on the top of the shoes.
Anyone else run into problems like this with the new 90 rear brake set up? Any helpful suggestions?