rear left wheel won't turn after park brake issue!
I recently left my 2001 Caravan parked with the parking brake on for a few months in my driveway. When I went to sell it (we got a newer Caravan!), the first test-driver noted that the parking brake was stuck and he drove it forward and backward in the driveway numerous times. The wheel turned, but you could hear a noticeable rubbing sound and there was some drag as if the parking brake was still slightly on, though it had supposedly been released.
A couple of months after that, I tried to pull forward and back again to test it, and the wheel just slid without turning! I got under the van and pulled on all of the cables to make sure they were free. Everything seemed mobile as far as cabling. So, I beat a bit on certain parts of the wheel to try and unseat anything stuck. I finally got the wheel to turn. After driving back and forth for quite there was just about perfect mobility, although I could still notice a tiny bit of rubbing. It was free enough to roll backwards in neutral down my 40-degree driveway, whereas before I had to put it in reverse and give it gas to do so.
I moved the van to a better location for visibility to sell it, but now I've noticed that the wheel is again completely locked. :/
What should I do? I was considering removing the parking brake cabling to that wheel completely. Or, is this a different issue now? I'm not averse to doing work on this issue myself, I'm just ignorant of how to proceed. So, any tips would be greatly appreciated!!
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Snow/Water Ingestion Into Rear Brake Drum
This bulletin involves installing a revised rear drum brake support (backing) plate and
possible replacement of the rear brake shoes and drums.
2001 - 2006 (RS) Town & Country/Voyager/Caravan
1996 - 2000 (NS) Town & Country/Caravan/Voyager
1996 - 2000 (GS) Chrysler Voyager (International Markets)
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with sales codes BRA, BRB, or
BRV (front disc/rear drum brakes) built on or before March 7, 2006 (MDH
While driving through deep or blowing snow/water, the snow/water may enter the rear
brake drums causing rust to develop on the rear brake drum and shoe friction surfaces.
This condition can lead to temporary freezing of the rear brake linings to the drums. This
symptom is experienced after the vehicle has been parked in below freezing temperatures
long enough for the snow/water to freeze inside of the rear brake drums. When the parking
brake has been applied the symptom is more likely to occur.
If the vehicle operator describes the Symptom/Condition above, perform the Repair
NUMBER: 05-001-06 REV A
DATE: September 23, 2006
Qty. Part No. Description
1 05016612AA Plate, Rear Drum Brake Support, Right
1 05016613AA Plate, Rear Drum Brake Support, Left
1 04796269 Lubricant, Special Brake
AR (1) **04883833AA** Kit, Rear Brake Shoe and Lining (NS/RS)
AR (2) 05093236AA Cylinder, Wheel 13/16 in. (NS)
AR (2) 04877262 Drum, Rear Brake with 14 in. Wheels
AR (2) 04877263AG Drum, Rear Brake with 15 in. Steel Wheels
AR (2) 04877433AG Drum, Rear Brake with 15 in. Aluminum Wheels
AR 04318080AB Fluid, Brake DOT3
AR 05010884AA Sealer, RTV
8214 Remover, Hub/Bearing (NS/GS)
8458 Remover, Hub/Bearing (RS)
1. Raise the vehicle on a suitable hoist.
2. Remove both rear wheel and tire assemblies.
3. Remove both brake drums. It may be necessary to adjust the rear shoes to aid in
removing the drum.
4. Create slack in the rear park brake cables. With the park brake pedal in the released
position pull down and rearward on the core of the front park brake cable then install a
pair of locking pliers on the core of the front park brake cable just rearward of the rear
body outrigger bracket (Fig. 1).
05-001-06 REV A -2-
Fig. 1 PARK BRAKE CABLE SLACK
1 - PARK BRAKE CABLE
2 - REAR BODY OUTRIGGER BRACKET
3 - LOCKING PLIERS
5. Lower the vehicle so that it is low enough to access the brake pedal.
6. Use a brake pedal depressor to move and hold the brake pedal to a position past the
first inch of travel. This will prevent brake fluid from draining out of the master cylinder
when the brake tube is removed from the wheel cylinder.
7. Raise the vehicle.
8. Remove the adjustment lever spring from the adjustment lever and leading brake
shoe, (Fig. 2)
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Fig. 2 ADJUSTMENT LEVER SPRING REMOVAL
1 - TRAILING BRAKE SHOE
2 - LEADING BRAKE SHOE
3 - AUTOMATIC ADJUSTER LEVER
4 - ADJUSTER LEVER ACTUATING SPRING
9. Remove the adjustment lever from the leading brake shoe.
10. Remove the brake shoe lower return springs.
11. Remove the tension clip attaching the upper return spring to the automatic adjuster
assembly (Fig. 3)
05-001-06 REV A -4-
Fig. 3 TENSION CLIP REMOVAL
1 - WHEEL CYLINDER
2 - BRAKE SHOE UPPER RETURN SPRING
3 - AUTOMATIC ADJUSTER LEVER
4 - TENSION CLIP
5 - AUTOMATIC ADJUSTER ASSEMBLY
12. Remove the brake shoe to brake shoe upper return spring.
13. Remove the trailing brake shoe assembly hold down spring and pin.
14. Remove the trailing brake shoe assembly from the brake support plate, park brake
actuating lever and the park brake actuating strut, (Fig. 4)
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Fig. 4 TRAILING BRAKE SHOE REMOVAL
1 - BRAKE SUPPORT PLATE
2 - LEADING BRAKE SHOE
3 - PARK BRAKE ACTUATING LEVER
4 - PARK BRAKE ACTUATING STRUT
5 - TRAILING BRAKE SHOE
15. Remove the automatic adjuster assembly from the leading shoe.
16. Remove the leading brake shoe assembly hold down spring and pin. Remove the
leading brake shoe assembly.
17. Replace the rear brake shoes using p/n 04883833AA. Remove the park brake actuator
plate from the leading brake shoe and install it to the replacement brake shoe.
18. Disconnect the park brake cable from the park brake actuation lever.
19. Remove the rear wheel speed sensor if so equipped. The hub/bearing assembly
cannot be removed unless the speed sensor is removed first.
CAUTION: WHEN WORKING IN THE AREA OF THE REAR HUB/BEARING
ASSEMBLY AND WHEN REMOVING IT FROM THE REAR AXLE, CARE
MUST BE USED SO THE TEETH OF THE TONE WHEEL ARE NOT
DAMAGED. DAMAGE TO THE TONE WHEEL TEETH WILL RESULT IN
FALSE ABS CYCLING AND CORROSION OF THE TONE WHEEL.
20. Using a suitable tool such as a 14 mm box end wrench compress the flared legs on
the park brake cable retainer. Then pull the park brake cable out of the support plate
05-001-06 REV A -6-
Fig. 5 PARK BRAKE CABLE REMOVAL
1 - PARK BRAKE CABLE
2 - CABLE RETAINER
3 - 14 MM BOX END WRENCH
4 - BRAKE SUPPORT PLATE
21. Disconnect the brake tube from the wheel cylinder.
22. Remove the two bolts attaching the wheel cylinder to the brake support plate and
separate the wheel cylinder from the vehicle.
23. Remove the 4 bolts attaching the hub/bearing assembly to the flange of the rear axle.
CAUTION: CORROSION MAY OCCUR BETWEEN THE HUB/BEARING AND THE
AXLE MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO REMOVE. IF THE HUB/BEARING WILL
NOT COME OUT OF THE AXLE BY PULLING ON IT BY HAND DO NOT
HIT/POUND THE HUB/BEARING. POUNDING ON THE HUB/BEARING
WILL CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE BEARING THAT RESULTS IN NOISE OR
24. If the hub/bearing cannot be removed by hand, for GS/NS vehicles use remover
Special Tool 8214, (Fig. 6), for RS skip to step 25.
a. Place Special Tool 8214-1 over the tone wheel and against the cast flange of the
hub/bearing. Put a dab of grease in the bolt pilot hole on the back of the tool.
b. Insert Special Tool 8214-2 into the hole in the bottom of the end casting on the axle.
If Special Tool 8214-2 will not fit into the hole in the end casting, file or grind the
flashing from the hole until the tool fits properly. Special Tool 8214-2 must be
against and supported by the axle plate when pressing the bearing out of the axle.
c. Align bolt in Special Tool 8214-2 with the pilot hole in Special Tool 8214-1. Tighten
the bolt against Special Tool 8214-1.
d. Press the hub/bearing out of the axle by continuing to tighten the bolt in Special
Tool 8214-2 against Special Tool 8214-1. Proceed to step 26.
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Fig. 6 HUB/BEARING REMOVAL (GS/NS)
1 - BRAKE SUPPORT PLATE
2 - SPECIAL TOOL 8214-1
3 - SPECIAL TOOL 8214-2
4 - AXLE PLATE
25. If the hub/bearing cannot be removed by hand, for RS vehicles use remover Special
Tool 8458 (Fig. 7)
a. Thread threaded guide pins into hub and bearing mounting holes.
b. Remove the two outboard spring plate bolts.
c. Using the spring plate bolts, install the screw mount, special tool 8458-2.
d. Place push plate, special tool 8458-1, on the ends of the threaded guide pins.
e. Place a dab of grease in the dimple of the push plate.
f. Tighten the forcing screw, special tool 8458-3, against the dimple in the push plate
and press the hub and bearing assembly out of the axle by continuing to tighten the
g. Remove the tool.
h. Reinstall the two outboard spring plate bolts and torque to 102 Nm (75 ft. lbs.).
05-001-06 REV A -8-
Fig. 7 HUB BEARING REMOVAL (RS)
1 - THREADED GUIDE PINS 8458-4
2 - HUB AND BEARING
3 - LEAF SPRING PLATE
4 - FORCING SCREW 8458-3
5 - SCREW MOUNT 8458-2
6 - PUSH PLATE 8458-1
26. Remove the hub/bearing from the rear axle and brake support plate.
27. Remove the brake support plate from the vehicle. Remove the rubber plug(s) in the
manual adjuster and lining inspection slot(s) as equipped, for use in the replacement
support plate. Discard the support plate.
28. Insert the 4 hub/bearing mounting bolts into the holes in the flange of the rear axle.
29. Install the revised brake support plate, p/n 05016612/3AA on the 4 bolts inserted in the
flange of the rear axle, make sure the park brake cable hole in the support plate faces
toward the front of the vehicle.
30. Align the hub/bearing with the 4 mounting bolts and finger tighten the bolts into the
hub/bearing. Tighten the 4 bolts in a crisscross pattern until the hub/bearing is fully
seated into the flange of the rear axle.
31. Torque the 4 hub/bearing mounting bolts to 129 Nm (95 ft. lbs.).
NOTE: FOR NS-VEHICLES BUILT PRIOR TO SEPT. 27, 1996 (MDH 0927XX) AT THE
ST. LOUIS ASSEMBLY PLANT (LETTER "B" IN THE 11TH POSITION OF THE
VIN) AND BUILT PRIOR TO OCT. 28 1996 (MDH 1028XX) AT THE WINDSOR
ASSEMBLY PLANT (LETTER "R" IN THE 11TH POSITION OF THE VIN), THAT
HAVE THEIR ORIGINAL REAR BRAKE COMPONENTS, IF THE REAR BRAKE
SHOES REQUIRE REPLACEMENT, WHEEL CYLINDERS (13/16 IN.), P/N
04883830AA, MUST ALSO BE INSTALLED. IF TSB 05-06-96, 05-06-96 REV.A
OR 05-01-97 HAVE BEEN PERFORMED ON THE VEHICLE, WHEEL CYLINDER
REPLACEMENT IS NOT REQUIRED.
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32. Apply a sealant such as Mopar RTV, p/n 05010884AA, or equivalent around the wheel
cylinder opening in the revised brake support plate.
33. Attach the wheel cylinder to the revised brake support plate before the sealant cures,
torque the 2 mounting bolts to 8 Nm (75 in. lbs.).
34. Install the brake tube into the wheel cylinder and torque the tube nut to 16 Nm (142 in.
35. Install the rear wheel speed sensor if so equipped. GS/NS vehicles: torque the
attaching bolt to 12 Nm (105 in. lbs.).
36. For GS/NS without ABS and all RS vehicles fill any existing gap between the bearing
flange and the ABS sensor hole in the support plate with Mopar RTV sealant, p/n
37. Install the rear park brake cable into its mounting hole in the brake support plate.
38. Install the park brake cable to the park brake actuator lever.
39. Lubricate the eight brake shoe contact areas on the support plate using the required
special Mopar Brake Lubricant p/n 04796269.
40. Install the leading brake shoe, hold down, pin and spring onto the brake support plate.
41. Install the park brake actuator strut on the leading brake shoe. Then install the park
brake actuator lever on the strut.
42. Install the automatic adjuster assembly on the leading brake shoe. Then install the
trailing brake shoe on the park brake actuator lever and park brake actuator strut.
Position the trailing brake shoe on the brake support plate.
43. Install the trailing brake shoe hold down, pin and spring onto the brake support plate.
44. Install the upper brake shoe to brake shoe return spring.
CAUTION: WHEN INSTALLING THE TENSION CLIP ON THE AUTOMATIC
ADJUSTER, THE CLIP MUST BE LOCATED ON THE THREADED AREA
OF THE ADJUSTER ASSEMBLY. IF IT IS LOCATED ON THE
NON-THREADED AREA OF THE ADJUSTER, THE FUNCTION OF THE
AUTOMATIC ADJUSTER WILL BE AFFECTED.
45. Install the tension clip attaching the upper return spring to the automatic adjuster.
46. Install the lower brake shoe to brake shoe return springs.
47. Install the automatic adjuster lever on the leading brake shoe.
48. Install the actuating spring on the automatic adjuster lever and the leading brake shoe.
49. Verify the automatic adjuster lever has positive contact with the star wheel on the
automatic adjuster assembly.
50. Repeat steps 8 through 48 for the other side rear brake assembly.
51. When all components of both rear brake assemblies are correctly and fully installed,
remove the locking pliers from the front park brake cable.
52. Adjust the rear brakes so they do not interfere with installing the brake drums.
53. Install both rear brake drums. Install the original drums as removed unless their
condition justifies turning or replacement.
54. Install both rear tire/wheel assemblies. Torque the lug nuts using a crisscross pattern
to 135 Nm (100 ft. lbs.).
55. Insert a thin flat blade screwdriver through the adjusting hole in the support plate until
it is against the star wheel of the adjuster assembly. Move the handle of the
screwdriver upward rotating the star wheel until slight drag is felt when the tire/wheel
assembly is turned.
56. Insert a second screwdriver or piece of stiff wire into the brake adjusting hole and push
against the adjuster lever to disengage it from the star wheel. Care should be taken
not bend the adjusting lever or distort the lever spring.
57. While the adjuster lever is disengaged from the star wheel turn the star wheel just
enough to eliminate the drag felt when the tire/wheel assembly is turned.
05-001-06 REV A -10-
58. Install the adjusting/inspection hole rubber plug(s) saved in step 26
59. Repeat steps 55 through 58 for the other side rear brake.
60. Perform the base brake bleeding procedure described in the appropriate service
61. Lower the vehicle to the floor.
62. Push the park brake pedal down fully and release to adjust the park brake cables.
Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.
05-85-05-95 Perform Procedure A - Rear Brake Drum Support
Plate, Lining and Wheel Cylinder - Replace - Both
P8 New Part
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