Maybe your emergency brake is dragging? Go in reverse and hit the brakes to adjust the drum brakes.
Which taurus has this problem? My 2000 had a similar problem, the e brake spring had snapped and was not completely released. The drum would still turn, but after awhile a lip was formed in the drum and I could not get the drum off.Originally posted by dIESEL600@Apr 26 2004, 01:36 PM
Does anyone know the average life span of a set of drum brakes. My car has around 54k on it, and I think they may be in need of service. I just started getting a sort of scraping / dragging sound coming from the drivers side rear area. Only happens when I'm moving really slow, and even then doesn't happen all the time. At higher speeds and when braking I don't notice anything abnormal. If I get a chance today I'll pull the wheel and take a look. But if it's not the brakes, anyone know what else it might be? Thanks.
Well, I think what I told you was correct.Originally posted by dIESEL600@Apr 27 2004, 12:51 AM
Well this has become a much bigger pain in the butt than I had initially hoped for. The drivers side drum came right off. That is the side I'm pretty sure the noise was coming from. Plenty of brake lining left on that side, but I noticed a fresh scratch mark along the drum, so I think a piece of rust or something was caught and was occasionally scraping a bit.
Since there was a lot of dust in there, I figured I'd take the other drum off, make sure that side was ok, then spray everything on both sides down with brake cleaner, flush the lines, and put everything back together. Well the passenger side drum would not come off. After lots of time using a plastic / rubber headed mallet, I switched to a metal hammer, and wound up breaking a little chunk off the drum. So now the drum really needs to come off so I can replace it. I thought so I would have better access to the adjuster hole I would just take the whole knuckle off. But the strut pinch bolt was so seized I wound up snapping it off, even after using like half a can of pb blaster. That was enough for me for the day. So now tomorrow I have to cut the bolt off at the strut tab to get the knuckle off. Hopefully I can get the rest of that bolt out somehow then so I can reuse the knuckle.
Sometimes I really hate cars.
Ok I see what you mean. I'm gonna have to play with it a little more. It's really tough to get in there at the correct angle to release the thing.Originally posted by Sablewagon@Apr 28 2004, 03:18 AM
I know how to solve this problem (had it myself on my 1987 Sable), but it's hard to put into type. The automatic brake adjuster is keeping you from turning the star wheel the way you need to. You need to get a thin screwdriver and poke it through the adjuster hole and release the automatic adjuser, and simultaneously use the brake adjustment tool to turn the star wheel.
Look at the side that has the drum off, and you'll see what I'm talking about.