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2000 Dodge Ram 2500 rear brakes question

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by JERRYJMJ, May 26, 2010.


    JERRYJMJ Member
    Messages: 75

    Replaced rear drums, and shoes, on my 2000 Dodge Ram 2500, how tight should I adjust the shoes, looked thru the manual and don’t see it, just found that they need to be adjusted every so often, like every oil change, any advice?? Thank you

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  2. tdock

    tdock Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 5

    My manual for a 98 2500 with 13" rear drums
    (1) Be sure parking brake lever is fully released.
    (2) Raise vehicle so rear wheels can be rotated freely.
    (3) Remove plug from each access hole in brake
    support plates.
    (4) Loosen parking brake cable adjustment nut
    until there is slack in front cable.
    (5) Insert adjusting tool through support plate
    access hole and engage tool in teeth of adjusting
    screw star wheel (Fig. 85).
    (6) Rotate adjuster screw star wheel (move tool
    handle upward) until slight drag can be felt when
    wheel is rotated.
    (7) Push and hold adjuster lever away from star
    wheel with thin screwdriver.
    (8) Back off adjuster screw star wheel until brake
    drag is eliminated.
    (9) Repeat adjustment at opposite wheel. Be sure
    adjustment is equal at both wheels.
    (10) Install support plate access hole plugs.
    (11) Adjust parking brake cable and lower vehicle.
    (12) Install brake drums and wheels and lower
    (13) Drive vehicle and make one forward stop followed
    by one reverse stop. Repeat procedure 8-10
    times to operate automatic adjusters and equalize
    NOTE: Bring vehicle to complete standstill at each
    stop. Incomplete, rolling stops will not activate
    automatic adjusters.

    JERRYJMJ Member
    Messages: 75

    thank you very much
  4. tdock

    tdock Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 5

    Just replaced my rear drums and shoes, the forward and reverse stopping adjusts the shoes closer to the drum as they wear. Also had a leaking seal on the passenger side rear hub, fortunately when I had replaced the drivers side a year ago, I bought two of everything to fix it.