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Old 04-26-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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Rear Brake Adjustment

I have a 2006 Tacoma 4x4
on my old Tacoma I use to adjust the rear brakes by pulling a rubber plug
from the rear of the drum and then took a screw driver clicking up the adjuster. Does the 2006 Tacoma have this rubber plug to remove for adjusting the brakes, I can't find one on either side.
Also are these rear shoes self adjusting? if so how do you do it?
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I'd say you'll get a better adjustment by doing it yourself. Self adjusting doesn't seem to work very well in my experience, although I may not be doing it right. They're like other drum brakes. Pop out the rubber plug and use a flat blade screwdriver to adjust the click wheel inside.
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The plug is on the top of the backing plate, as opposed to most others that have it on the bottom of the plate. But what I've used to get mine adjusted is the parking brake. "Supposedly" just backing up should cause the self-adjusters to kick in, but it doesn't seem to work that way on mine. I back into parking spots and my garage all the time, but at 15K, an adjustment was definitely evident (more weight transfer forward when coming to a stop).

I find a reasonably empty parking lot, then get moving a few mph, and SLOWLY apply the parking brake. Did this a few times and braking was much better. Note that you should apply the parking brake slowly as, on mine anyway, it was very touchy between slowing it down and locking up the rear wheels. Amazing how loud and attention-getting a set of locked up rear wheels in a parking garage is ....

I'm not sure if just cycling the parking brake while stopped would have the same effect, or if motion is required. I might try cycling it next time.
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I got the rubber plugs off but could not find the correct position to sit the screwdriver on the spindle to click up. just felt like a empty hole on both wheels, is there a trick where to place the flat head screwdriver in to get it to adjust?
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:58 AM   #5
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That is something I would liek to do as well. I feel that the rear brakes need adjusting on my truck too. I am just not sure of how to do this?? I will try the parking brake thing though.
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