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Old 04-08-2012, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to fix sticking rear drum brakes

We see a lot of people asking why their rear drum brakes are squealing,sticking,locking up,or simply not working properly... I found this very well made,and explanatory video that shows what we've been trying to type into words so often on here in answer to the many questions...Watch it all the way through,and you too can perform your own rear brake repairs !!!
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good info. Made this a sticky.
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You only need two tools in life -- WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
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great video but Ive got a 2004 honda recon and am stuck in the middle of trying to figure out how to separate the brake panel plate from the drum. they came off together when I tried to get the panel plate off. also the brake lever at the panel cover was nearly frozen and I could only move with mallet. thanks
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You'll probably have to saturate it with wd/40 or some kind of solvent, then oil, the shoes are seized against the drum, may take a few days of soaking, then try to work it off slowly, one caution, you can't hit the drum or the backing plate with anything but a rubber mallet or you could crack the drum/damage the backing plate. With the soaking, there may be better products out there, I just don't know what.
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I just connected a spring from the brake lever to the frame, Works like a charm.
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Sabre54- thanks for the good advice, it worked like a charm and I have completed reassembly.
I just did like in the video to replace my rear drum brakes on 04 Recon. Now the problem is that the brake cam lever has to be pulled all the way in order for the brake to stop. That is, I have to adjust the cables at the cam lever nearly all the way in order for the brake to work. Any suggestions?
By the way, I made sure the 'marks' line up when I put the cam lever back onto the (brake panel)cam.
What should I do now?

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anyone got any thoughts on how to fix this problem. Ive got the recon still up on a lift since last post.
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Sabre54- thanks for the good advice, it worked like a charm and I have completed reassembly.
I just did like in the video to replace my rear drum brakes on 04 Recon. Now the problem is that the brake cam lever has to be pulled all the way in order for the brake to stop. That is, I have to adjust the cables at the cam lever nearly all the way in order for the brake to work. Any suggestions?
By the way, I made sure the 'marks' line up when I put the cam lever back onto the (brake panel)cam.
What should I do now?
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anyone got any thoughts on how to fix this problem. Ive got the recon still up on a lift since last post.
Your brake drum might be wore a lot. You can try removing the brake lever from the cam and rotating it forward a spline or two on the brake cam.
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I have a suzuki LT250ef it has a sticky brake. Is fixing it anything like your honda thx 400?
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great post, I had a similar issue where my rancher rear brakes were not working. I pulled of the cover/drum and dumped about 12 oz of water. I found my son had used my quad and about sank it. That was a few months ago so all the water in there had seized and corroded the entire brake Assembly. I ended up braking the shoes off as they were frozen. I had to chisel off the shoes parts on the posts.
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