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i know my prop valve is kinda messed up, i just ordered a new one, BUT the pass. side wheel locks up really easy and drags now that i replaced just that wheel cylinder. am i gonna have to replace the other one to get it even? or can i adjust sumthin? thanks
 

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Is there any brake fluid on the lining at all? Maybe you have the brakes adjusted up a lot tighter on that side as compared to the other.

A good rule when working on brakes is when you replace something on one side, replace the other side also.

Brakes are pretty important and I would want that system to fail or work improperly on me or any of my customers! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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dammit, ....thanks <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> its like $50 for each. i'm gonna return that one and just get a rebuid kit for my olds ones.

yeah there was some fluid on the pads, but theyre new <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> how do i adjust hydraulic drum brakes?

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Originally posted by dallas:
<STRONG>dammit, ....thanks <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> its like $50 for each. i'm gonna return that one and just get a rebuid kit for my olds ones.

yeah there was some fluid on the pads, but theyre new <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> how do i adjust hydraulic drum brakes?

[ 10-31-2001: Message edited by: dallas ]</STRONG>
As the others have said, you always replace in pairs. Check the old cylinders bore to make sure it is not pitted. If it is you will be wasting your money on rebuild kits.
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$50 each!!!!! You are getting ripped off!!! Check you local Napa or Pepboys. Pepboys carries Raybestos and are in the neighborhood of $15 each. Because they are so cheap, it doesn't pay to rebuild.

You said the shoes are new, are they installed correctly?? There is usually a shoe with almost a full pad and a shoe with a pad that is and inch or two shorter. The shorter pad always goes front.

The adjuster is a star looking wheel under the cylinder. Too start, turn the wheel so that it threads into the housing that connects it to the other shoe. Thread it the whole way. Then put your drum on. On the back of the drum there is a slot with a rubber plug in it. Remove the plug and use a straight edge screwdriver to turn the wheel. This will push the shoes out against the drum. Check the tension by spinning the drum. You want the shoes to just make contact with the drum so there is slight drag on it when spun. Do both sides this way.

Then pump the brake pedal a couple times to seat the shoes. (Make sure the drums are on when you do this!) Then double check your drag. You will usually have to adjust a few times because the shoes will center themselves in the drum.

I hope this helps you.
 

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I stripped my cylinders apart and since they werent pitted I honed em out and put em back together, work so much better!! As stated if they are pitted do em in pairs and go to the local auto parts store $16 is what they should be...at least at pep boys here they are.
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