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Unread 09-20-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default 1982 club car; brakes

I cannot get to the brake shoes after the drum has been pulled off. It says
in the manual that there is a clip on the backside that you take off to release the axle to pull it out. There is nothing there either on the front or back.
However there are 4 bolts in the back that it looks like would release the
axle; however when I try to unscrew the bolt and the nut both turn. There
is no way to get a wrench or socket inside the axle plate to hold onto the
nut while trying to turn the bolt. Any suggestions? I'm stumped!
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Unread 09-20-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1982 club car; brakes

You are asking about axle removal. There is a C clip in the axle tube. You need special 90 degree snap ring pliers. You see what you are doing with them through the hole in the axle flange plate shown at 6 oclock in your pic.
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Unread 09-20-2013, 06:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1982 club car; brakes

Not sure why you want to remove axle to change shoes. Loosen brake cable equalizer to put slack in the cables. Remove cables from back of rear drum backing plate.
Shoes have a spring clip and pin at 9 & 3 o'clock. Compress the spring clip, turn the pin.
Pin goes through backing plate. Remove top brake shoe return spring. Now you should be able to spread the top of the shoes and work them both off with the axle in place. clean everything with brake cleaner. Apply (sparingly) grease to backing plate where shoe slides on it (above and below spring clip area). Apply grease to brake adjuster mechanism (where top of shoes rest). Reassemble new pads onto backing plate in reverse order of taking them off. Adjust brakes at wheel and equalizer bar and brake pedal, latter should be approx 6" from floor to back of brake pedal in resting position. Pedal should move about 3/4 - 1" before engaging brake pad to wheel. Hope this is accurate, going from memory.
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Unread 09-21-2013, 12:28 AM   #4
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got the right side tore apart. now to put it back together tomorrow. That top spring
was very hard to get off. Im sure getting it hooked back together will be even harder.
What is the best way to stretch that stupid spring to get it hooked back together again.
tough working in close quarters with that axle plate in the way.

three right turns makes a left
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Unread 09-21-2013, 01:23 AM   #5
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I used long needle nose pliars. They do make special brake spring pliars. Can source at auto parts store.
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Unread 09-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #6
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well all total it took me 3 & 1/2 hours to do the right side; then started
the left side & it took 35 min. tks for all ur help

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Unread 09-22-2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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Default Re: 1982 club car; brakes

Some techs prefer to remove the axle to improve access. With the proper tools this is a 20 minute job on each side with or without the axle removal. The trick with the top spring is put it on the shoes then put the shoes on the backing plate. Do this by holding both shoes perpendicular to the backing plate, insert the top ends in place then spread the shoes out into position. thus tensioning the spring. Now hold one shoe with a knee and put a clamp on the other then put the retainer on the one under your knee... your home free now. Been awhile but that's the way I remember it. A third hand would help but I didn't have that luxury. Good luck
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Unread 09-22-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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Default Re: 1982 club car; brakes

next question...........noticed the right side tire was worn more
than the left side, so rotated tires.
So, was the right side worn more because of the grandkids going in
circles turning left around the trees, or because it doesn't have
positive trac? or combination of both.........just curious
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