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[Tech] Rear brakes overhaul



Hi All,
I have just stripped down my rear brakes to replace the pads and was
staggered by the amount of dirt that builds up in the vents of the disk
and around all calipers, etc.
If you do much off road, it is well worth actually trying to take the
wheels off and then pressure washing the vents on the disk - mine were
caked solid with rust and mud so no ventilation at all.
The fronts seem fine, but I guess the rears are collecting all the dirt
thrown up by the front.
Whilst at it I took the driveshafts out to check the bearing after the
rebuild a couple of months ago and one side needed tightening up.
I actually took the whole disk off to clean out the rear brake shoes
because they are also notorious for collecting muck and grime
particularly if you have been through a lot of deep water, but I
suspect that there was so much mud collected around the vents that not
much managed to get to the brake shoes that were all fine.
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB