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DIY Drum Brakes Adjustment

14 Jan 2016

Toyota Vios Drum Brakes Adjustment

It has being almost 4 years since I am driving my Toyota Vios and I never had my rear drum brakes serviced before. I noticed my Toyota Vios emergency brake also known as hand brake required to pull more than it used to be. For those who are not aware, when we stepping brake pedal in the car, the brake system will engage all the 4 brakes on the wheels while pulling the hand brake will only engage the rear wheel brakes.

Since my Toyota Vios hand brake required to engage more than usual, this is the sign that the some of the drum brake pads has being exhausted and some adjustment is required. I had my Toyota Vios drum brake adjustment when my brake calipers are painted at the same time too.

  1. Nothing much we can do until we jack up the car and removed the rear wheels.
  2. After we removed the wheels, we will see the drum brake cover as below:Toyota Vios Rear Drum Brake

                                                Toyota Vios Rear Drum Brake  

3. Here is the tricky part, In order to remove the drum brake cover, we must release the hand brake first so that the brake pad in the drum     brake is disengaged and not holding the drum brake cover. Then randomly knock the drum brake cover with hammer to loose it up.

4. When the drum brake cover is loosed up from the drum brake, we can proceed to remove the drum brake cover by twisting the cover        left and right while taking it off:

Removing Toyota Vios Drum Brake Cover

                           Removing Toyota Vios Drum Brake Cover

5. Once the drum brake cover is taken off, now can we see the drum brake system:

Toyota Vios Drum Brake

                                    Toyota Vios Drum Brake

6. My drum brake pad is still left a lot even after I have used my Toyota Vios for 4 years. No replacement is required and only minor            adjustment is needed to tighten up the brake system.

7. Here we need a ‘minus’ screwdriver to perform the adjustment on the drum brake.

8. Apply the ‘minus’ screwdriver on the ‘star wheel’ as what shown in below diagram:'Star wheel'  location in the drum brake

                                   ‘Star wheel’ location in the drum brake  

9. Make the adjustment according the the clock wise to tighten up the brake system that linked to the hand brake. Only several turnings      are required, my Toyota Vios drum brake system is tighten up with less than 10 turn steps:

Toyota Vios Drum Brakes Adjustment

                               Toyota Vios Drum Brakes Adjustment

10. Once we have have done the adjustment on the drum brake, repeat the same steps for the other side of drum brake too. Clean the          brake pad dust and debris around the brake system too.

11. Lastly, assembly back the drum brake cover on it and test out the hand brake sensitivity. If the handbrake sensitivity is not up your          expectation, adjustment shall be continue until it we are satisfied.

Painted Toyota Vios Rear Drum Brake with TRD Sportivo Rims

                    Painted Toyota Vios Rear Drum Brake with TRD Sportivo Rims 

Then put back the wheels to the car and we are done! Now my handbrake works just like how like 1st year I get my Toyota Vios 





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