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    Default Rear Brake Troubles

    I was driving home from work this morning when I noticed a burning smell. When I got home I noticed smoke coming from the passenger side brake drum. I noticed the parking brake cable that ran to that brake drum was under tension even tho the parking brake was released. I unhooked the cable thiking that this would be a temporary fix until I can get the brakes apart this weekend, but even with the cable unhooked that brake is still getting quite hot. Any suggestions or things to look for would be greatly appreciated. Its a 2005 4WD, just FYI

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    Sr. Engineer Dana W's Avatar
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    You probably have a stuck "E" brake actuator lever(s) inside the drum. You are going to have to be prepared to replace or at least clean up some parts once you get inside the drum. Getting in is not going to be easy since the shoes are probably pressed up against the inside of the drum. Try this to free them. Stick a small screwdriver in the adjuster access hole in the backing plate and push the e brake actuator off of the star wheel. That might free up the shoes so you can get the drum off, which you will have to do once the actuator is off the star wheel.

    You can tell if the shoes are free if you can rotate the drum an inch or two taking up the play in the diff. If you can't move it or it is tight, you can maybe back off the adjuster star wheel enough to get them free. I can't for the life of me remember which way to turn the star wheel though. I always get it wrong the first try anyway,
    Last edited by Dana W; 03-22-2012 at 08:48 AM.

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