"Brake Problem!! Please help! I beg of you!!
Guys, I've got an 89 GT with rear drums and I've run into a
problem. I only had time to replace the shoes and drum on the drivers side rear wheel, but now it's got a major problem. The first time I press on the brake, the pedal goes all the way down to the floor and the car pulls to the left side really bad. If I pump the brakes two or three times they work okay, but not on the first and it's kind of scaring me. It's the only car I've got and I need it to work. Please help me if you know what I should do!! Thanks a ton guys!!"
The reason your car is pulling to the left is bec the new shoes are thicker than the right side, therefore it grabs first when you first apply your brakes. The right side, older thinner pads, will grab after you pump your brakes a few times. To remedy this you must adjust your rear drums, both sides after you change your rear brake pads, immediately.
You shud be changing both sides at the same time, ie. in pairs. Its like buying new shoes, you wouldn't wear one new shoe to work, even when you are in a rush ...right? When you change new brake pad, adjustment must be done before you take your care off the hoist. It is part of the brake job procedure.
I'll try not to ramble but first you change your pads, then you adjust the brakes. Next you adjust the hand brake if required, then you take it for a test drive. This is assuming you have not opened the brake hydraulic system, which is another can of worms. Hope this helps!