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Unread 09-15-2015, 09:59 AM   #1
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Default Self-Adjusting Brakes Are Not Self Adjusting:

Recently, my brakes starting going out. I have very little braking power. I thought I just needed new brake pads, but found that the pads look O.K. after disassembling the rear wheels. I think my problem may be related to the self-adjusting arm. I've attached an image of the part in question. The fact that the arm has (2) springs suggest that the arm should be spring loaded, but it isn't. I can move the arm into different positions and it doesn't return to the original position where it can engage the round gear adjuster at the brake pad. My question is: Should this self-adjusting arm be spring loaded? and if so... can I purchase new springs only or do I have to purchase the entire arm assembly?

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Unread 09-15-2015, 11:43 AM   #2
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Default Re: Self-Adjusting Brakes Are Not Self Adjusting:

It looks like it's just frozen up with rust. If the springs aren't broken I'd clean and lube.


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Unread 09-15-2015, 11:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Self-Adjusting Brakes Are Not Self Adjusting:

I replaced many adjusters in my day - ironically most were over active. But yeah, these parts are available including spring kits as well as new brakes on a backing plate which gives you everything new again.
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Unread 09-15-2015, 12:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: Self-Adjusting Brakes Are Not Self Adjusting:

Thanks for the quick responses! I'll give that a try. One other related question: Would it be a good idea to oil/grease the brake cables now that I have all this taken apart?
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Unread 09-15-2015, 08:07 PM   #5
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Default Re: Self-Adjusting Brakes Are Not Self Adjusting:

That part really never fails, so consider yourself unlucky on that one. Most mechanics during a service don't properly service the self adjusting mechanism. This seems to be your issue. See if you can free it up. They don't recommend lubing the brake cables, but in some applications it can be done to keep the system working correctly.
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