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I'm up at my parents house with little to no tools. My rear drum was making a high pitched scream on the road pulled it all off and the self adjusters cable is snapped. How does this happen? And I've never had this or seen it. Is it okay to drive 90 miles back to my place and fix it with a disc swap? I'm sick of these things screwing up !
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Man this seems to be a common problem this week. But you should be safe to drive back to your place. It won't affect your brakes in that short amount of time,
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Yes its ok to drive like that but your abs might kick in, Mine did that for a week before I replaced rear brakes and I belive I snapped it a second time, Because they are acting up again and i just did them! luckly that adjuster kit is cheap only a few dollars.
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oh yea its wicked easy to do and cheap. i think im just going to fix them and save up swap parts and do it when i have time.
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I thought you were a Ford tech?
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Yea I am but read what I said. I would reccomend it be fixed but don't have the tools atm
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Turn it into a manual adjust drum until you can get around to fixing it.

If you get lazy and don't fix it, make sure to pull the drum every 500 miles or so, and adjust the shoes.
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Turn it into a manual adjust drum until you can get around to fixing it.

If you get lazy and don't fix it, make sure to pull the drum every 500 miles or so, and adjust the shoes.
explain better. im lazy to fix it
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i never replaced mine on the red truck. idgaf it fell off and i just left it out lol
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lol my pedal is low as of tonight. i was on the pike doing 70 and slammed on the brakes and came to a stop and felt the drums. it was roasting hot on the broken side and cold on the passenger side lol
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Explorer axle... Worth every penny
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i wanna so bad but i was told you have to mount the spring pad or what ever ?
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Yeah, expos are axle over leaf and rangers are axle under. So you have to fix that unless you're lowering your truck
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Dont you just have to weld the spring perch on top to convert it to a SOA?
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yeah and new shock tabs
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screw that. mustangs disc swap parts collection starts now
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explain better. im lazy to fix it
I do this to my truck (not every 500 miles, that'd be like every other week) but whenever the pedal starts getting a bit soft, i take the drum off and turn the self adjuster screw out more until putting the drum on is real tight. then back it out a turn so the drum spins semi-easy.
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It can be necessary to adjust drums even though they have self adjusters. And to turn it into a manual adjust, you just remove the self adjusting part. I hope no one comes in for a brake job while you're there.
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It can be necessary to adjust drums even though they have self adjusters. And to turn it into a manual adjust, you just remove the self adjusting part. I hope no one comes in for a brake job while you're there.
The self adjusters are made to work with your parking brake. they self adjust themselves when you set your parking brake. i don't have a parking brake. i HAVE to manually adjust them, otherwise the shoes don't reach the drum.
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I just did yet another complete over haul in the rear. New everything that's the what...3rd time since January 11' WTF
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