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Old 11-01-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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I have a 95 Toyota corolla. The driver’s side (left) rear wheel (drum brakes) hums at lower speed, and the wheel gets hot we know the brake is sticking but not how to fix it. We tried resetting the ratchet for the parking brake assembly, but that only worked temporarily; a week later problem resurfaced. Recently we had a big snow storm and noticed it is bad enough that when you turn left, therefore lightening the pressure between the wheel and the ground, the wheel locks up and you spin out.
We also checked to see if the parking brake line was frozen up, but it was fine.
Also it doesn’t look like the wheel barring is leaking Greece.
The brake is totally locking up.

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Old 11-01-2009, 06:36 PM   #2
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Hi kick2299


To disengage the handbrake cable the drum has to be removed and the handbrake lever pulled to slacken the cable. This will be very difficult to do, because the brake shoes have heated up and are riding on a ridge inside the drum. This ridge inside will prevent the drum from sliding out and allot of force has to be exerted on the drum for it to come off completely even if the adjuster is loosened up. In cases such as yours when brakes are seized, the inner hold down springs break off during removal and have to be replaced and the drums have to be turned on a lathe.

I don't recommend you doing this on your own if you are not experienced, you will be inhaling asbestos dust and other chemical toxins. Many things can go wrong with seized brakes, so please take it to your nearest service center and have the brakes done professionally.

Note : If you plan on doing the job yourself please take extreme care. Serious personal injury or death can result if safety protocols are not followed.

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Old 11-02-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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i dont think our case is that bad, we can get the drum off, and have done so a few times to reset the rachet on the parking brake, but the problem keeps coming back and we dont know what is causing it to reoccure.
but the breaks havent seized, their just sticking a little.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:44 PM   #4
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The problem you are describing is that the cable is getting stuck somewhere. When you disengage the left rear wheel cable, the other wheel cable or the center cable will take up the slack. With drum brakes, the wheels get adjusted when the wheels are in reverse, once the brakes are applied, the adjuster advances 1 tooth. The cable on the other hand will push the lever forward forcing the brake shoes to advance. On some drum systems the adjuster is actuated by the cables, so if the cable isn't used at least once a week the cable seizes on. In your case, the parking lever is most likely still too far out preventing the adjuster to do it's job.


Note: The drums are scored from the heat so you will have to sand them with emery cloth.

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