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    Default Dana 60 rear brake problems

    Anybody know what would cause the passenger side to tighten by them selves without using the parking brake?

    After backing off the brakes the passenger side would start dragging after a week, driver side still fine.

    What year F-series had the Dana 60. I got an 86 F-250 as a donor for the cent. I guess I could steal some brake parts off it if it has a 60.

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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    Would have to say more then likely the springs and the self adjuster is bad.
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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    I agree, I would bet the springs are shot and not returning the wheel cylinder like they should.
    Just a guess.
    The adjusters never seem to adjust even when they are working properly so hard to imagine that being the problem.

    You can buy brake hardware kits for like $10. That would be a great place to start.

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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    I've seen where the adjusters were in backwards and loosened the brakes with use......
    Also have had the axel seal go bad and get a tiny bit of gear oil on the shoes that would cause them to "stick" to the drums.

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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    IIRC the '86 should be the Sterling 10.25 axle not a D60

    would it be possible that the adjuster was installed incorrectly?
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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    I replaced the rear shoes and springs cause I could never get the parking brake to hold. Problem was, previous owner had put the T shaped arm on the stud backwards (not sure if accidentally or because of it tightening up on them).

    Brand new shoes and hardware kit. Adjusters were cleaned and lubed, no damage to the star wheel. clicker arm/plate shows some wear from contact with star wheel. every thing installed correctly.

    This has got me stumped. pulling it part again today and try to compare the arms and levers from the drivers side to see if one is bend or something.

    might just pull the wheel of the 86 and see if any of that hardware will work.
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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    Could it be an E-brake cable hanging up?

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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    Hey welcome back. That is an awful long move, hope everything else went smoothly
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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Audra View Post
    That is an awful long move, hope everything else went smoothly
    Other than blowing up the Centurion of course.

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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    Everything looked straight, installed properly again. This time I bent the curved clip that the wire for the adjustment clicker, thinking might give it a little more brake movement before it clicks to the next stop.

    Parking brake cable is fine, moves freely. never use the parking brake anymore anyways.


    That was the worst trip I ever made. had my 3 boys with me, 10K trailer in tow, and one week to get to AK from OR before passports were required. Truck starts blowing oil out the dipstick and air cleaner. half way though the trip. 1400 miles from home. made it into Ft. Nelson and called for help. Friends loaded one F-350 on a trailer and pulled with F-350 SD. Closest room was $250 a night x2. Guys get here and Johnnie says he would like to do a brake job on his truck, the one on the trailer. No way we say. Get everything loaded ready to go and Johnnie says his wipers aren't working, just great weather is calling for snow and rain. 30 mins down the road it starts snowing, rain
    x not working to good. so we decide to trouble shoot on the side of the road. 3 hrs later wiper motor and part of my harness is pulled pulled still no action. we give up and he just has to deal with it. Oh did I mention 1 Flat on the cent, scratched up brand new wheel. 2 flats on the trailer I was pulling= 4 brand new 10 plies and a flat on the car hauler. Still haven't added up all the fuel costs. Total cost for the trip= $$$$$$
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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    Damn! makes my paltry little loss going to TX to get my cent seem like nothing!

    Glad ya made it there.. in one piece, rigs/tires can be fixed... health/family is irreplaceable.

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    Default Re: Dana 60 rear brake problems

    A trip like that really tests a vehicle and your sanity. I've been on the road trip from Canaseraga, NY to Kenai, AK and back twice. That is a haul. Never had anything in tow though. Mapquest says 4320 mi, 72 hrs and 11 mins. I think we did it in a week. We are planning on flying up for the last 2 weeks in July. Haven't been up in 12 years. I have 2 uncles and 3 aunts that live in Kenai. Trying for a big King and Halibut.

    Sorry I'm no help with the break problem.

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