Preventative parking brake service

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With my rotor off is there any parking brake preventative maint. I should do? I am not replacing any parts of the parking brake. Not are there any problems with it. A little grease on the pin the shoes contact at the top. Can brake cleaner be sprayed or some get on brake shoes that will stay in service?
 
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Clean it all up with brake clean. Make sure the star wheels turn easily. I usually put a bit of M77 between the shoes and the backing plates at the contact points so they don't squeak.
 

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I'm assuming you mean the rear brakes. Do you use the parking brake on a regular basis? I would be cleaning the rear shoes of the parking break with brake cleaner. Give it a chance to dry before you put it back together. Grease on the pins of course. I put put anti seize on the hub of the rotor so it doesn't rust in place. I also lubricate any exposed parts of the rear cables.
 
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I remove the star, pull it apart, clean it up, lube it inside, and when I put it back on I run it up as much as possible until I can barely get the drum (drum/rotor) back on. Then when I try the parking brake, it is high and hard.
 
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Originally Posted by JC1
I'm assuming you mean the rear brakes. Do you use the parking brake on a regular basis? I would be cleaning the rear shoes of the parking break with brake cleaner. Give it a chance to dry before you put it back together. Grease on the pins of course. I put put anti seize on the hub of the rotor so it doesn't rust in place. I also lubricate any exposed parts of the rear cables.
It's in my head to use parking brake once a month. But never do. If I parked on Lombard Street in San Fran I would probably use parking brake more often.
 
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Cleaning and appropriate lubing has been addressed above. When driving on hilly roads I assume my rotors are warm. I apply my parking brake when halted to dry 'em. I think it preserves the glue.
 
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Cleaning and lube. I found what is Most important is to use it. My 02 Jeep still works perfect. What is interesting is the jeep has the pull leaver and I never forget to use it. But the mountaineer has the foot pedal that I always seem to forget to use.
 
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Originally Posted by Donald
Just to make sure, brake cleaner will not harm brake pads/shoes that will continue to be used.
That's right, won't harm pads/shoes. Don't grab the carb cleaner by mistake!
 
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