Adjusting drum brakes

Asked by 2002dodgedakota Nov 19, 2018 at 11:13 PM about the 2002 Dodge Dakota Sport 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

First time replacing rear drum brakes. Replaced
shoes, cylinders, and all hardware. With rear both
wheels off the ground on a 4x4 and the vehicle in
park/2WD, the wheels both lock and do not spin. In
neutral, the wheel spins but takes alot of force
while moving the drive shaft.  In most videos, I see
people able to free spin the wheel and then adjust
the self adjusting system until it's got about a turn
of drag on the wheel. With the self adjuster all the
way closed and the shoes not touch the pads, the
wheel is still extremely hard to spin. I've tried
disconnecting the parking brake with no change
which makes sense if the shoe isnt even touching
the drum. Is there something I am not looking at

3 Answers


You're feeling the differential and wheel bearings, look at all the stuff that's turning, if you turn the left wheel the right wheel will be turning as well as the differential as drive shaft.

I figured it was all of the components moving, but how can I set the drum adjustment when i can hardly even move the wheel?


Find the adjuster and adjust the brakes until they are locked up. Back them off a little and you are good.

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