OK Update on the brakes and
OK Update on the brakes and more questions. The front disc pads were very easy and straight forward. The rotor looked good and wasn't warped or scored or grooved so I left them alone.
The rears I was prepared to change but when I took the drums off they looked brand new! No brake dust or dirt. We've owned the car for 20K, there should be some signs of wear.
Now some people would say that's a good thing but they don't seem to be doing their job. Which in turn wears the the front brakes out faster. The manual adjustment looks like a pain in the arse and I believe there is a special tool? Because I couldn't get a standard brake tool or a screw driver in there to adjust them. And also aren't drum brakes supposed to be self adjusting? Because these ones aren't doing that. And I couldn't find anything in the owner's manual about it. Most cars w/ rear drums you put the car in reverse and do a couple of hard brakes to self adjust but it I can't find any info on the HCH. Anybody have any info?
There should be *some* brake
There should be *some* brake dust on the rear brakes. Were they "really" clean? Also, were the drums hard to take off? They should be, I think, if the shoes are set right. Our are looking to have minimal wear, nearing 80000km.
I recently pulled ours just to take a peek, and it took several tries to get them worked off. You get it pulled maybe 1/4" and they get a little crooked and jamb, requiring you to push it back in and try again. How about the parking brake, how many clicks to locked? Spec is 8~10, I believe.