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Unread 05-07-2009, 06:48 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by scottyb View Post
I don't know what year they did away with the exposed adjustment
Nivel indicates a change in backing plates for '95
Must be... I ain't never seen, or maybe I never paid attention...
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Unread 05-07-2009, 07:29 PM   #12
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Default Re: brake ajustment

Im just saying that the self adjusters just keep the brake shoe adjustment close, if the adjusters are not seized up...He said the drums were off already so the best way is to adjsut the brake shoes is to manually turn the adjuster(also known as the star wheel) because it looks like a star and the self adjuster turns the "points of the star". The cables do stretch over time, its inevitable, so the J hook nut is used for that, but its also used as a "cheat" to get the shoes close to the drum surface again.
Again, its only a golf cart so whatever works for ya will be fine...just that adjusting the cable slack only for a low pedal is just hiding the fact the shoes are really in need of a more precise adjustment than the self adjusters will allow, assuming they are working.

--> on my cart I adjust the shoes in the drums, and then the cables. O n the carts for sale we just tighten the cables
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Unread 05-07-2009, 07:54 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by oxfordlawn View Post
WHOA..Those self adjusters only keep it in the ballpark....if you have the drums off, the "PROPER" way to adjust the brakes is by the star wheel adjusting screw between the two brake shoes. The adjusting screw by the J nut is to take up the slack in the cables which stretch over time.. You can do it that... way but the correct way is to take the drums off, adjust the brake adjusting screw between the shoes until you can hear the shoes rub lightly on the drums as you spin them by hand.
then if the pedal is still low, take up the cable slack at the adjusting nut on the J hook which is located under the cart close to the pedal.
the brakes were properly ajusted in the drum, my problem was with the cabe i ajusted the scew about 2 inches, that's why my pedal was catching so low.

Thank's everybody we do learn a lot on that forum !

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Unread 05-08-2009, 05:05 AM   #14
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Default Re: brake ajustment

Glad you've got it taken care of coolbob!

A little insight... (for any future readers)

Pre 96 were manual adjusting brakes, hense, the adjusting pawl on the top of the backing plate!

96 and after, are self adjusting brakes...
Initially... if you want to adjust the brake shoes, (not the pedal travel)
Drive it in reverse, and hit the brake hard 2 or 3 times...
after doing that, the shoes should be adjusted "relatively" close and equally!
(they're supposed to check and adjust themselves, every time you back up!)

if not... remove the drums, and do what Ox said!

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Default Re: brake ajustment

What do I do if the brakes are to tight?

I mean can go forward or backward...never touch the brake peddle an come to a full stop.......going downhill.

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