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Rear Brake trouble

1197 Views 5 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  tinman tim
2012 with about 4500 miles on it.

Felt a "hitch" in the rear brake while I was out.

Getting back home and taking a look at it just now, and something is def wrong.

The arm that comes off the drum does not spring back anymore, no matter if I have turned the wing nut down tight, or loosened it up all the way.

Basically, when I push down on the foot pedal, the arm looks like it stays in a forward position after I pull off.

The brake isn't locking up, at least not violently... the pad may be rubbing I guess, but not noticeably.

Also, occasionally, when I was using hands to move it back and forth, I would feel that "hitch" again, like something is catching.

I have no idea what is up.

Brake cleaner and WD40 didn't change a thing and thats as far as I've gotten.

Got to head off to class in a minute, but looks like this is gonna be my weekend project.

Could that rear pad have worn out in less than 5k?

My front pad looks like it has tons of life left in it...

Also, on the backside of the brake drum arm there is an arrow indicator sort of gauge... never noticed it before... assume its important, lol.
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Yep... gonna be a long weekend...

Thanks, lizrdbrth
Well, Lizrdbrth was correct the first time... it was just the brake cam shaft completely seized up in there.
Had to order another one and another entire plate as well, cause nothing would get that cam shaft out of there.
And yes, I waited this long to fix it, because I am clearly an idiot.
I will say that the front brakes have done the job well for my daily commuting needs...
Now, after having just completed the rear... the fronts clearly need replacing...
So, back out into the heat it is!
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