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help with rear drums on 91 XJ


 
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dubbleJ's
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Joined: 19 Sep 2006
Location: Calgary

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:04 pm    Post subject: help with rear drums on 91 XJ Reply with quote

My XJ makes a loud bang in the rear when i brake, and the fluid reservoir for the rear is all murky....doesnt look like they are working.

Does anyone know of a write up on how to change the shoes/drums on a '91 XJ 4wd?? I searched all over but can only find front end replacement and rear disk conversions.
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c130herc
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only do one side at a time so you can look at the other side for a reference.
Jack the rear up and put stands under each side. Remove both tires and hubs.
When you buy your brakes go ahead and get new brake cylinders, there about $10 each, also get a brake kit. This kit has new anchor springs and hold down springs.
You can get certain brake tools but I just use a set of Vice-Grips to grab onto the springs. I did get the round spring tool for the hold down springs; it is cheap and easy to use.
Remove the bottom anchor springs. Now the whole thing may just fall apart, this is why you only do one side at a time. The emergency brake cable usually has a retainer clip holding it onto the brake shoe. Pull this off; make sure you got one in the brake kit to replace it first. If you have the replacement just use a pair of diagonal cutters to grab it and twist it off if not use a screwdriver and work it off.
Now reassemble in reverse order using the other side as a guide. Adjust the slotted thumbwheel out enough to hold the brakes. Put the drum back on and use a flat blade screwdriver to adjust the thumb wheel out until the drum will not move when turning it then back it off until it moves. The access to the wheel is on the back It is a small oval slot that may have a rubber plug in it.
You need to bleed the brakes because you replaced the brake cylinders.
Bleed the right side first then left and then top off the fluid in the MC.
If I missed something someone can chime in.

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