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Replacing Brake Linings on WD45

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Nate in IL

06-17-2003 19:54:06

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Hello. I am removing the brakes on a WD45. I finally have gotten the anchor pin removed (thanks to an excellent procedure that I was given on this site). I am having trouble getting the shoes out of the axle housing. Any tricks? Also, what is the best technique for removing old linings and riveting on the new ones? How should the rivets be clinched?



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Dave K

06-19-2003 07:38:31

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 Re: Replacing Brake Linings on WD45 in reply to Nate in IL, 06-17-2003 19:54:06  
They are a little difficult to get out but you sure don't have to beat on anything to get them out. Be certain the brake rods are disconnected and then you may have to rotate the whole assembly (both shoes) together around the drum a little and work the top one out first. I just rivited my own on using a punch and an anvel, they come with the rivits. You can also buy the shoes pre-rivited on an exchange basis.


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06-18-2003 18:25:23

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 Re: Replacing Brake Linings on WD45 in reply to Nate in IL, 06-17-2003 19:54:06  
Yes, it seems like they won't come out, but they will. Make sure the equalizing screw in the back is out of the way. You may have to work the one you aren't taking out down and around a bit to make room for the one comming out. I think you must take the front one out with the lever as a unit. Now when you get them out and the new ones back in do you know how to adjust them. Probably not so here it is.

Turn equalizing screw in tight. Depress pedal two inches. Adjust brake band nut until lining contacts drum. Release pedal. Adjust equalizing screw (about 1/2 turn) until front and rear lining has equal clearance on brake. Raise wheel from floor while making adjustment, turn to determine if breke drags. With this adjustment any drag will be eliminated.

Oh, before doing this you must; Replace pedal rod turning into toggle until front edge of toggle is 16 5/16" from nearest edge of hole in rod. This can be measured through rod opening at botttom of housing. Do not use this rod as a brake adjustment, as it will upset the leverage on pedal.

All this is from an AC manual. Ask if you have questions. And do yourself a favor and get a reprint of an AC Service manual for WDs and WD-45.

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06-18-2003 13:22:53

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 Re: Replacing Brake Linings on WD45 in reply to Nate in IL, 06-17-2003 19:54:06  
If you had a very rough time getting the pins out, the shoe, or shoes, could possibly be bent at the bottom. On mine the rod was wore where the shoes were riding, then when pulling the pin, the ears on the shoe came with it, bending the bottom pivot points (ears) around the drum. You should be able to look into the inspection hole on bottom to check this. I had to do extensive beating with punch through the inspection hole until it cleared the drum. Even when nothing is bent I believe, one has to come out before the other, can't recall which, just remember it was a tight fit. Had the new linings installed at implement where I puchased them. It cost like $8 per, but they had the rivet tooling to do it right, they even removed the old linings.

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