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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 20th, 19, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Shoe Smell

Got home from a show Saturday and noticed I smelled brake shoe odor when I pulled in garage. Got out and felt all 4 wheels and it's definitely the drivers rear drum brake. Wasn't smoking, but Rally wheel was very warm to the touch compared to the other 3. What would you guys look for first with this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Some other info that may help. I restored this car 19 years ago and replaced every single component of the entire brake system. The car has about 7500 miles on the restoration. Not one bit of brake problems till this past Saturday.
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Got home from a show Saturday and noticed I smelled brake shoe odor when I pulled in garage. Got out and felt all 4 wheels and it's definitely the drivers rear drum brake. Wasn't smoking, but Rally wheel was very warm to the touch compared to the other 3. What would you guys look for first with this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Some other info that may help. I restored this car 19 years ago and replaced every single component of the entire brake system. The car has about 7500 miles on the restoration. Not one bit of brake problems till this past Saturday.
Brake shoe is dragging and you need to back off the star wheel adjuster.

But it's been so long I need Everett or someone without alzheimer's to tell you how.

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Re: Brake Shoe Smell

If you used the parking brake it's possible it's not fully released. If you haven't pulled
the drums for 19 years I would and check everything over.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old May 21st, 19, 09:28 AM
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Re: Brake Shoe Smell

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likely the self adjuster on that side has adjusted to far or your parking brake is not fully releasing.

Take tire and drum off to inspect. You likely need to hit the parts with some brake cleaner and if the shoes got glazed rub them with some emery cloth

You may need to "loosen" the brake adjuster to get the drum off which means you need to use a screw driver to push the clip away from the star so you can back the star off enough to then get the drum off using a brake adjuster tool

19 year old brake job may just need some clean up attention with the low mileage you have put on the brake system
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