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Last Updated 4/14/11
Series Land Rovers and Brake Linings

Linings fixed by rivets can cause squeal when the lining wears down to the rivet heads.

Series I & II LWB models have a single, plunger style, adjuster between brake shoes, whereas all others have one snail cam adjuster per brake shoe.

The brake linings on a Series Land Rover can give rise to a variety problems, each with their own characteristics. These characteristics are diagnostic in identifying the underlying problem.
i. Brake squeal
The brake linings could be badly worn, such that the metal shoes are contacting the brake drum. Squeal can also occur due to grit being embedded in the linings.
ii. Brakes ‘bind’ (don’t free completely after application)
This could be due to incorrect brake shoe adjustment. Easily confirmed, and rectified, by jacking up the wheel and turning the brake shoe adjuster(s) on the back-plate until the wheel turns freely.
iii. Brake pedal travel excessive
This can be caused by the brake shoe snail cam adjuster(s) on the back-plate being set incorrectly.
iv. Brakes require excessive pedal pressure
Can be faulty brake linings. Remove the brake drums and inspect the linings for oil/brake fluid contamination or glazing of the surface. A shiny, low friction surface, can be removed be lightly rubbing with abrasive paper. No modern brake linings should contain asbestos but old stock containing it may be lying around in some parts of the world. A dust mask is a good precaution.
v. Brakes pull to one side
Can be caused by unbalanced brake adjustment. Corrected by jacking up the wheel on the opposite side to which the Land Rover pulls towards and turning the brake shoe adjuster bolt clockwise until the wheel cannot be rotated, then backing it off until the wheel is free.
May also be caused by a faulty brake lining. Remove the brake drum on the opposite side to which the vehicle pulls towards. Inspect the linings for excessive wear, oil/brake fluid contamination or glazing on the surface. Fit new brake shoes/linings as a complete axle set
not just on one wheel.

Some Series Land Rover brake linings are bonded, not riveted, and the bonding can fail, as shown here. Causes brake drag.

Check the brake shoe steady posts are adjusted to make sure the linings meet the drum lining squarely.

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