Thread Rating:
  • 15 Vote(s) - 2.33 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Brake Shoes
#1
Hello All

I had a look at my brake drums today to check if I could access them easily and whether I needed to change the brake shoes anytime soon.

The drum covers came off pretty easily and with little force which was a pleasant surprise Confusedunny: the drums seem to be in fair condition and well within the 230mm diameter maximum.

However, I'm unsure how much should be on the shoe pad Confusedcratch: I measured (cruedly) 3-4mm but couldn't see any indicators. See picture.

Can anyone confirm that they are good for now and what the shoe pad minimum thickness is before they require changing?

Thanks

Bryce

[Image: 2qtbhmx.jpg]
Reply
#2
It says in the haynes manual 1.5mm min so you got plenty left.
Are we there yet????? No we fecking ain`t  gggggrrrrrrr
Ex 1.6hdi van now 3 seater 1.4 multispace
[-] The following 2 users say Thank You to Tomcat3 for this post:
  • ron, Walt
Reply
#3
The shoes are looking good for many more thousands of miles yet..... I'd get a grinder and remove any lip at the edge of the drum to facilitate easy removal of the drums when you next take them off. This trick works well as automatic adjusters are great until you want to remove a drum and cannot.
Also use a file or some such and put a good sized chamfer on the leading edge of the shoe as this helps to stop grabbing of the brake especially in the wet on first application.
Geoff. P.S. I just did my sons Astra shoes and had to slam the drums off !!! After grinding the lip off they now fall on and off - they are within spec too !
[-] The following 2 users say Thank You to geoff for this post:
  • ron, Walt
Reply
#4
Thanks for the replies. I did hear about grinding the inside lip off but it didn't make sense but now it does, a good tip thank you.
Reply
#5
(22-09-2012, 07:03 PM)Bryce Wrote:  Thanks for the replies. I did hear about grinding the inside lip off but it didn't make sense but now it does, a good tip thank you.

It's a very good tip,I even champfer the edge slightly so the ridge doesn't build up again.
Strawberry flavoured windows  Dodgy
Reply
#6
(23-09-2012, 12:18 PM)ron Wrote:  
(22-09-2012, 07:03 PM)Bryce Wrote:  Thanks for the replies. I did hear about grinding the inside lip off but it didn't make sense but now it does, a good tip thank you.

It's a very good tip,I even champfer the edge slightly so the ridge doesn't build up again.


Yes me too though I forgot to add it into the post ^^^

You can also flash off the ridges on a brake disc and tap the outer edges with a light hammer to knock the scale off the outer edges.

On my last C15 the mot chap wanted to fail me on worn discs ( he mentioned the rusty outer edge ) , I ground off the outer lip and knocked the scale off and took it back for the retest along with a micrometer just in case he bumped his gums about thickness - the discs were within spec - and I had a pass though he had to measure them first. I now get on well with him as we have an understanding.
Reply
#7
Is there an adjuster accessed from behind the back plate to loosen off before removal (and then adjust up after refitting ?
[-] The following 1 user says Thank You to Noel Brig for this post:
  • ampslamps
Reply
#8
I've not looked at mine yet, I think it's going to wait till we get some nicer weather. Some cars used to have a rubber bung in the brake backplate that you could take out to move the self adjuster with a flat screwdriver.
So where does this bit go then ?
Reply
#9
(13-11-2012, 06:50 PM)Noel Brig Wrote:  Is there an adjuster accessed from behind the back plate to loosen off before removal (and then adjust up after refitting ?

No. I think you'll find that you need to position one of the bolt holes to the rear of the 6 o'clock position. Find the handbrake ops lever and move it towards the rear of vehicle. That should allow the drum to slip over the shoes. (Take a look at the post's earlier pic for guidance)
Reply
#10
(13-11-2012, 10:27 PM)Berlinguist Wrote:  
(13-11-2012, 06:50 PM)Noel Brig Wrote:  Is there an adjuster accessed from behind the back plate to loosen off before removal (and then adjust up after refitting ?

No. I think you'll find that you need to position one of the bolt holes to the rear of the 6 o'clock position. Find the handbrake ops lever and move it towards the rear of vehicle. That should allow the drum to slip over the shoes. (Take a look at the post's earlier pic for guidance)
"handbrake ops lever" not sure what you mean by this ? do you mean that the handbrake should be disengaged as far as poss
Reply


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)
[-]
Welcome
You have to register before you can post on our site.

Username:
  

Password:
  




[-]
Search
(Advanced Search)

[-]
Latest Threads
600lx or 800lx
Last Post: dumdum
Yesterday 11:12 PM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 33
Next gen berlingo multispace
Last Post: churmy
Yesterday 10:30 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 31
Advise please on known problem tyre scrubbing
Last Post: shncoe1
Yesterday 10:12 PM
» Replies: 19
» Views: 1499
Is anyone buying a new car AFTER April 2017?
Last Post: Jed Clampit
Yesterday 09:25 PM
» Replies: 10
» Views: 182
Another seat belt question
Last Post: berreke
Yesterday 09:02 PM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 36
hi all
Last Post: Jed Clampit
Yesterday 08:39 PM
» Replies: 2
» Views: 47
Tyre Change...old on front new on back
Last Post: RocketVANman
Yesterday 08:26 PM
» Replies: 12
» Views: 196
New Berlingo Auto Box - Anyone have one?
Last Post: doofer
Yesterday 08:10 PM
» Replies: 8
» Views: 333
Newbie
Last Post: j.ted
Yesterday 08:03 PM
» Replies: 6
» Views: 104
Fuel rail pipe replacement
Last Post: Peter Palmer
Yesterday 04:50 PM
» Replies: 3
» Views: 91

[-]
Recent Visitors
Locations of visitors to this page