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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 20-02-09, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hot Rear Brake Drums

Ive just noticed that my rear brake drums are getting very hot. With it being both of them I suspect the proportioning valve. Could this be right? It was heavily loaded last week but usually not much in it, could it be anything to do with it? Can I adjust it easily? Is it DIY job?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 21-02-09, 12:58 AM
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Re: Hot Rear Brake Drums

It's unlikely to be the load valve, they do suffer with binding rear brake shoes though.
Strip the rear brakes down and rebuild using a white (calcium based) grease on all metal rubbing points.
Also check hand brake cable for smooth operation.
Should be OK then.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 21-02-09, 02:40 AM
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Re: Hot Rear Brake Drums

is it only hot with the load on or hot now you have no load on ?

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 21-02-09, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Hot Rear Brake Drums

There is hardly any weight in it and they still get hot. I've had experience of rear brake problems and have developed a habit of checking by slowly rolling to a standstill to see if it has a slight halt.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 23-02-09, 09:16 PM
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Re: Hot Rear Brake Drums

My back brakes seize up every 6 months or so and have to be released and greased
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 24-02-09, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Hot Rear Brake Drums

I had a good look last night and the two return springs for the handbrake were so encrusted they hardly worked. A lot of wriggling and greasing released them and handbrake adjusted. First journey=no hot drums, fingers crossed! There is a pivot protected by a rubber boot, assuming this is to stop debris etc. from interfering with the movement.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 24-02-09, 01:14 PM
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Re: Hot Rear Brake Drums

I have constant problems with my rear brakes siezing, but it doesnt help that a drive through water quite a lot.

I basikly take them apart and free up/grease any joining/rubbing parts.

The cylinders were also siezed last time so im replacing them also.

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