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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Rear Brakes Grabbing

Recently we have been having problems with the rear brakes grabbing. We have pulled the wheels/drums and the brakes are like new. We can't find any reason for the brakes to be all of a sudden acting up. Has anyone experienced this?

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have you checked that the master cylinder is still good?

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Have you backed off the parking brake cable adjustment just a hair?

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Not sure why but you'll find that this is characteristic of these years drum brake trucks. Mine also does it but only on cold/wet days. But I've had GM and Ford drum brake trucks that have never done it. And its only the first stab of the brakes too. The rest of the day they're fine. Its always good to check for leaking cylinders, broken springs, maladjustments, worn parts, etc, but as you noticed, its common to find nothing wrong. Almost like its brake dust build up or the way the OEM shoes react to the thin layer of rust that builds up overnight on those cold/wet days.

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ANY dampness on the shoes that is oil from the axle? Takes almost nothing, and they get grabby. Worse when the weather is damp.

My '97 did that, but all I did was lightly sand the shoes and it never did it again the whole time I owned the truck (9 yrs). Never even replaced the seals. Never leaked enough to bother with them.

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