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I just changed out the rotors and pads, all 4 corners, this past weekend. While putting in the rear passenger side I noticed that the shoes were dragging a bit. I pulled the rotor off looking for the star wheel adjuster usually on a drum brake and it wasn't there, just a metal shim was found. I tried the adjustment screw at the hand brake lever but no matter how much slack I let off it would still drag.<p>I readjusted it to where the brakes would hold the car to spec again and tested that I couldn't turn the wheel when the parking brake was engaged. That worked fine, engaged equals can't turn wheel. Disengaged and I could turn the wheel but still hear the shoes dragging. <p>I've did searches for parking brake and e-brake and haven't found anything. Is there any other place to adjust the parking brake? Or any ideas how I can move the shoes back a bit to keep them from dragging? Thanks!!
 

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Re: Need help with parking brake adjustment (Tatsu574)

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I just did mine recently. Had a real hard time getting that rotor off as well. Put it back togther and had some dragging on the passenger side as well, and did exactly what you did. I re-adjusted the lever so I get full-engagement at 4-5 clicks, engaged/disengaged the brake a few times, and checked again. It still had some rubbing. I think a little dragging is normal until the new pads break in and conform to the inside of the rotor. Also, make sure you "bed" the parking brakes by using them to slow the vehicle to a near stop from about 25mph.<p>The same thing happened with my T5 when I did those as well. I think it might have something to do with the cable routing, whereas there is uneven tension between the driver and passenger side p-brakes.<p>It's fine now, btw.
 

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FEO: Looked at that post, I did all the adjustment I could using those instruction but still drags.<p>Tony: Thanks for the info. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> I'll give them some time and see if they quiet down some. I'm currently at full engagement at 3-4 clicks, I'll back it out to 4-5 and hope they don't drag as much and quiet down sooner. <p>Would have been nice if they just left the star wheel adjuster in there. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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No problem Les. There is surprisingly little adjusting to be down with those brakes I guess they figured things would be better with one less adjustment to be made and focused everything on the e-brake handle.<p>I don't think the parking shoe setup is that great either. all we have are those stupid little springs holding the shoes to the hub shield, and there is a fair amount of movement of the pads themselves. Keeping them perfectly centered doesn't seem possible with that arrangement and some rubbing of the shoes is probably normal.
 

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Re: Need help with parking brake adjustment (T5 for Life)

Hey Tony...<p>Just noticed you are in Dedham, I had my friend over with his V70R that helped out on the brakes, we should all get together sometime...<p>I'll see how it sounds on the way home today, maybe try to bed the parking brake in the parking lot out of work.
 

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An R brake party. or the way thest things run..it could be an R "break" party. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>So you can hear it inside the vehicle when it's moving?
 

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Re: Need help with parking brake adjustment (T5 for Life)

I can only hear it if the windows are open. I may pull the rotor off again this weekend and pull the springs and see how things go from there.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tatsu574</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Would have been nice if they just left the star wheel adjuster in there. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>IIRC there is an adjuster in there, somewhere behind the dust cover. It might be reachable with a long screwdriver from behind the wheel but don't quote me on that because I'm not sure. If you can't find it give John at BVV a call, he knows where it is.<p>Also, I don't think you need to bed these pads, they are just a parking brake.
 

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Thanks...I'll give him a call tomorrow. I bought all the rotors from him anyways. Some of the better deals around these parts.
 

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It is recommended to bed the parking brake shoes. I didn't think so either but it's part of the install process from what I've read.<p>I don't know if there is an adjustment at the dust shield. Either way, it seems to be the passenger side that gives many people the problems. Could just be the cable routing and uneven tension from side to side.
 

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Re: Need help with parking brake adjustment (T5 for Life)

Was working on it a little more, after picking up the star wheel adjusters from John at BVV. Looks like it's not the brake shoes dragging but the rotor seems to be rubbing against the dust shield. I may need to grind down the rotor or try to hammer back the dust shield.<p>Is this what anyone else has seen. Any quick fix? Otherwise the dremel is coming out.
 

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Re: Need help with parking brake adjustment (Tatsu574)

See if you can bend it by hand 1st.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tatsu574</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Was working on it a little more, after picking up the star wheel adjusters from John at BVV. Looks like it's not the brake shoes dragging but the rotor seems to be rubbing against the dust shield. I may need to grind down the rotor or try to hammer back the dust shield.<p>Is this what anyone else has seen. Any quick fix? Otherwise the dremel is coming out.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would bend the shield well before I would grind the rotor down....
 
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