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  • #31
    I had a 1977 chevy van. I did all the repairs myself. Disc front drums on the back. I always changed front pads at about 20,000 miles and at 60,000 miles when I did I had to press on the brakes harder. They started this at about 50,000. So I took off the front rotors got my brake lathe out and turned the front. Made a big difference. So I did the rear after to see if that would help to. Really didn't notice much difference on the stopping by doing the shoes on the back and turning the drums and make a back cut deeper on the drums so you can take off the drums more easy. I hate crawling under the back to a knock the plug out to back off the adjustment screw. why the undercut if your doing drums. What was wrong with the front disk was that the cast iron work harden after so long. They look perfect just to hard of a surface for the pads to dig in.
    Art

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    • #32
      You can boost the 'bite' that your brakes have simply by setting them up to the alternate configuration as shown below. Pretty much all vehicle manufacturers have this setup option
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      • #33
        What is it Andy? It looks sort of like some sort of flimsy winged added on pad.
        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by nonoise View Post
          What is it Andy? It looks sort of like some sort of flimsy winged added on pad.
          Those pads are installed backwards, as in metal to metal. Can't get much more stopping power than that.

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          • #35
            I'm thinking the problem may be what Art said. With the van being barely driven and in storage for years, the rotors and/or pads may have gotten glazed over and lost their bite. Does installing the pads backwards so that there is metal on metal reduce rotor life? I think the answer must be yes. Real question is how much?

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            • #36
              You definitely don't want to install the pads backwards, that will kill the rotors instantly!

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Rustyjames View Post
                Those pads are installed backwards, as in metal to metal. Can't get much more stopping power than that.
                I did not look close enough, the troll got me.
                I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Rustyjames View Post
                  You definitely don't want to install the pads backwards, that will kill the rotors instantly!
                  Yeah. I'm not a car expert. But that wasn't making much sense.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                    the troll got me.
                    Who, me?

                    Yeah, don't put your pads on backwards...not a good idea at all

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