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Dealer says rear brakes need adjusting at 25,000

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by 10PreRunner, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Dec 17, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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    Just got back from the dealer to get my 25K mile service and the service guy told me that my rear drums need to be adjusted. I thought drum brakes were self adjusting. He also said that I wasn't using the rear brakes as much because they were out of adjustment. Isn't 60 to 70 percent of the braking done in the front? Please tell me your opnions and thoughts on my rear brakes and could they need to be fixed. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Dec 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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    You have to manually adjust the rear brakes, and yes, it does make a difference.

    It takes a jack, a screwdriver, and 10 minutes to do. You don't even get dirty, so there's really no reason not to.
     
  3. Dec 17, 2010 at 12:44 PM
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    So how do you do it and why are they Tacomas not self adjusting like alot of other brands? Most brands all you have to do it back up.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2010 at 12:52 PM
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    Thank you so much. I will go out to the garage and try to adjust them.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM
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    That is something that is usually done at 15k intervals. It's called a Clean And Adjust rear brakes. And yes sadly our rear brakes are not self adjusting. Wise to have this done and its quite simple to perform. I had done mine recently and found some dirt and debris from the last time I went mudding. Couple of cans of brake clean and the proper tools and your done.:mudding:
     
  7. Dec 17, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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    By the way, you're going to be amazed at the improved braking when you're done. The rear brakes do a lot more than people give them credit for. :)
     
  8. Dec 17, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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    Thanks to all the replys. I went out to the garage to see if I could do it but couldn't figure our what to do once I took the plug out. I'm gonna take it to a friends garage and put it on a lift so I can see it and get to it a little better. Thanks again.
     
  9. Dec 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM
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    When I adjust mine, I simply let it idle in Drive, and apply the park brake about 8 - 10 times. Then call it good.
     
  10. Dec 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    You do this AFTER adjusting them, or you do this TO adjust them?
     
  11. Dec 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM
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    I do that to adjust them. It seem s to work, though what MJP suggests is the correct method.
     
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    For what it's worth, my brake pedal was going down a lot more than it should when I applied the brakes, so I decided to bleed the brakes. No joy... I then read this post and decided to check my rear drum brakes by manually adjusting them. Ureka! The driver's side rear was not auto adjusting and I was able to tighten the sprocket by more than ten clicks. Problem solved and the brakes feel great. Thought I would share this with you all.
     
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