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#1 Old 02-02-2012, 06:32 PM
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USA 2002 Echo rear brake question

Hello everyone. I'm new here and I need some help, please. I pulled the rear wheels on my Echo to check the condition of the brake shoes because they make noise after the car sits over night if it's damp outside and found them to be about 1/2 way worn down. What bothers me is that I didn't see a star wheel or any other means of adjusting them. I didn't have a lot of time and figured that as cheap as they are, I'd just get a new set of shoes on pay day and change them out and see where Toyota hid the adjustment device, if there is one. The question is, IS there a way to adjust the rear drum brakes on a 2002 Echo 2 door? How and where would one adjust the hand brake? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!
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That is awesome! Thank you very much for the information!

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It's a different style of adjuster than the wheel type. I noticed one of them had gotten gummed up and didn't allow it to do its thing. Some brake cleaner and a toothbrush fixed the problem.
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It's a different style of adjuster than the wheel type. I noticed one of them had gotten gummed up and didn't allow it to do its thing. Some brake cleaner and a toothbrush fixed the problem.
Ok, that will be 50 bucks!

Glad you got it working again. It's amazing how easy some things are to fix. I kinda wonder what a shop would charge some poor sucker for that job.
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So I shouldn't try to manually adjust this?

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There is a small plugged port where the adjuster is. The port is hard to get to and almost impossible to see into although it's called an "inspection port". Is there some SST meant to put in there and make an adjustment? I have found instructions on how to manually adjust this mechanism with a screwdriver.

I've got a set of new shoes, but reluctant to swap them out until I learn more about how the brakes adjust. I don't feel comfortable sticking a screwdriver somewhere I can't see with just one set of anonymous instructions from the Internet.

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Matt, the automatic adjuster is only going to over-ride any manual adjustments you make. Make sure everything inside is assembled properly, clean, and that nothing is stuck.
If this is the first time you've done this, take pictures before and during dissassembly in case things don't look right when you put it back together. I jacked up the entire back end, removed both drums but left one side intact as a reference to reassemble the new side. It's not that difficult, but it's a good idea to take precautions in case you have a brain fart.
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^ what he said. I have not done rear brakes yet. Front brakes are easy. But those aren't some anonymous instructions that is actually a toyota released shop manual for a 2002 echo.

All I can say is just go for it. Maybe if you have a video Cam set it up and post it on youtube. That way we can have front and rear brake vids! That would be very cool!
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