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Old 08-10-2017, 11:55 AM
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How hot should brake drums run?

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This has rear brake drums and I'm wondering how hot is normal for average driving conditions. Just had the rear brakes totally rebuilt complete with drums and I think they were adjusted using the standard rule of thumb (tight enough to drag very sightly). But this was cold parts and I find the drum surface temps at 325 to 350 degf after driving maybe 10 miles at speeds under 60 mph and only a few stops. At the same time the front rotors are ~ 130.
 
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:46 PM
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Did you replace the wheel cylinders? Brake hoses?
 
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:57 PM
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That is WAY too hot, rear drums should be almost ambient temperature because the fronts do 80% of the work.

They are dragging, they are either adjusted way too tight or you have a hydraulic issue or the parking brake cable may be too tight.
 
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:11 PM
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^^What he said^^!!

Back off the star adjusters a couple clicks and see how things work. If they're still warm, back them off some more.

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Agreed

I felt that 300+ was way to hot too. Going on a lift today for another check and back off on the adjusters maybe 3 clicks. Parking brake isn't an issue and I doubt it's in the hydraulics. Wheel cylinders were replaced and I think the right rear wheel cylinder was the original issue. We'll see.
 
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