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Old 05-11-2011, 03:00 PM
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I own a 2006 Dakota club cab, v6. I am having terrible problems with the brakes. The entire truck seems to shudder when I apply the brakes. I have changed the Front Rotors, Front brake pads, and also had Rear Drums Replaced. The shop did not replace the rear shoes, and I feel this may be the problem. I have been told I need special tool to pull the rear drums off. Can anyone help? Do I need anything special ??
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I own a 2006 Dakota club cab, v6. I am having terrible problems with the brakes. The entire truck seems to shudder when I apply the brakes. I have changed the Front Rotors, Front brake pads, and also had Rear Drums Replaced. The shop did not replace the rear shoes, and I feel this may be the problem. I have been told I need special tool to pull the rear drums off. Can anyone help? Do I need anything special ??
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I don't think there is a "special" tool. I have not done mine but i have never heard about a special tool for taking the drums out!
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:18 PM
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all you need, if they are stuck is a couple of 9/16 bolts. there are threaded holes you put them in to remove the drum. Shuddering is a common problem on these trucks, not sure if, by 2006, they got it fixed. I know there was a tsb where they replaced the axle and drums, etc.
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Adjust the brakes in as far as you can then grab the bfh to loosen it up.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:23 PM
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Heat and beat. With a BFH.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:33 PM
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if there new they should slide off with a few good smacks with a hammer. if that even.

and your shake your should check the ledge that pads sit on most places wont fill in the holes that are created i just filled the holes with a welder and grinded mine smooth. my shake went away
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The drums on my '99 were stuck tight. Didn't think I was going to get them off.
Followed your advice (Heat, beat and got a BFH) and they are off.
No pads left either side....Don't think the Hubs have ever been off (80K miles).
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I barrowed a drum puller and it worked well. They where rusted on the hubs. Backing out the shoes will not make a difference but that is a normal procedure anyway. Do not bang them off that may cause damage to the axel bearings. Changing the rear brakes including the drums make a big difference in the shutter problem. The drums become out of round and run out is beyond correction.
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I am changing the shoes on my '06, drums came off, shoes went on, and now the drums won't go back on. Any ideas? My neighbors and I have tried everything we know of. Any help would be appreciated. I lose my secondary vehicle in a few days!
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I am changing the shoes on my '06, drums came off, shoes went on, and now the drums won't go back on. Any ideas? My neighbors and I have tried everything we know of. Any help would be appreciated. I lose my secondary vehicle in a few days!
You need to adjust the brake pads in. The new pads are larger the on the warn down ones.

Get the5000+ page service manual from
http://dodgeforum.com/forum/3rd-gen-...s-manuals.html

Its just to hard to explain how to adjust them.
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i got 186k on factory drums, only replaced shoes and harware kit its all about the front brakes remember 70% front brakes 30% rear, if your shuttering you need to find out when you shutter, is it only at a stop? at what speeds? you always want to make sure we are chasing the correct problem as more detail helps some of us give you better answers. make sure nothing is glazed over or warped before proceeding as well.....
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i got 186k on factory drums, only replaced shoes and harware kit its all about the front brakes remember 70% front brakes 30% rear, if your shuttering you need to find out when you shutter, is it only at a stop? at what speeds? you always want to make sure we are chasing the correct problem as more detail helps some of us give you better answers. make sure nothing is glazed over or warped before proceeding as well.....

You can also tell if its coming from the front or rear brakes to.
If you hold the E-brake release out and slowly apply the parking brake, If it starts to shudder, its the rear for sure.
Just MAKE SURE you hold the RELEASE HANDLE OUT, and Apply them SLOWLY.
I was told Highway speeds are also best when doing it, So they wont lockup as easy.

Ive done it, and found my problems are the rear, Mind you it only has 30% of the shoes left when I bought it a year ago, I had the drums machined made it worse (Didnt get new shoes)
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How do you back off on the rear shoes?? Am used to old school stuff, where you go in thru the access hole and back off on the star adjuster...My 06 only has 2 rubber access plugs, on 1 can see the brake shoe it looks like, the other at the top where the wheel cylinder is all I can see is a pin, or the end of a spring...Have almost 94k on the truck, thinking its time to put pads and shoes on it
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How do you back off on the rear shoes?? Am used to old school stuff, where you go in thru the access hole and back off on the star adjuster...My 06 only has 2 rubber access plugs, on 1 can see the brake shoe it looks like, the other at the top where the wheel cylinder is all I can see is a pin, or the end of a spring...Have almost 94k on the truck, thinking its time to put pads and shoes on it
It should be there. Pull the drum off and see. If you think its time, you should actually pull the drum off and see if you need new shoes.
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Got the drum off and yes its time for new shoes...however found something interesting when pulled off shoes...One of the shoe retaining pins was gone, not sure how the brake shoe stayed in placed but it did....Those pins are hard to find, called two auto parts places and neither has the kit they come in....Any ideas on a quick replacement, no way other than walking 5 miles to an auto parts house
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Got the drum off and yes its time for new shoes...however found something interesting when pulled off shoes...One of the shoe retaining pins was gone, not sure how the brake shoe stayed in placed but it did....Those pins are hard to find, called two auto parts places and neither has the kit they come in....Any ideas on a quick replacement, no way other than walking 5 miles to an auto parts house
You mean the pins and spring/washer thing that holds the shoe against the backing plate? Those should be available as a "brake hardware kit" which contains new springs, pins, etc for replacing all the various springs and such. What year is your truck?

Like this:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...3401_311094_0_
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Yep, had to go to Advance to get the hardware kit, none of the Autozone stores here had in stock...Got new problem, is there a special tool to get the star adjuster to back up? Whoever designed the access hole in the backing plate needs a new head!! The e-brake cable is right behind the access hole making it almost impossible to see anything in the hole let alone get a screwdriver or something in there to hold the adjuster back off the star adjuster..I knew I hated Dodge for a reason!! LOL
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remove the drum and back of the adjuster. Put the drum back in place then adjust as usual.
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Yep, had to go to Advance to get the hardware kit, none of the Autozone stores here had in stock...Got new problem, is there a special tool to get the star adjuster to back up? Whoever designed the access hole in the backing plate needs a new head!! The e-brake cable is right behind the access hole making it almost impossible to see anything in the hole let alone get a screwdriver or something in there to hold the adjuster back off the star adjuster..I knew I hated Dodge for a reason!! LOL
lol, your a member of the wrong forum then ....There is really no reason to hate an entire line of automobiles just because you disagree with a design flaw on one model. Every manufacturer has some bone headed engineer design something the someone does not like.

Take the drum off, turn the adjuster until the drum will slide back on with just a little effort. Drive the truck in reverse and apply the brakes a couple of times. They will self adjust.
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