94 Grand Cherokee with ABS, can I bleed the brakes myself?
From Rick Nock@21:1/5 to All on Fri Feb 24 01:18:00 2017
replying to SteveBrady, Rick Nock, ASE Master Tech, retired Auto Tech Instructor wrote:
Self adjusters have been around on drum brakes for decades. Some are cable, some are linkage and a few odd ones out there. Bendix self energizing brakes use vehicle direction to multiply the stopping force. These type of brakes
have the shoes installed against a top large anchor pin, with the adjuster on the bottom. When installed, the lower end of the shoes will move freely with the top against the anchor pin. When driving forward applying brakes, the
shoes expand against the rotating drum. The rotational force tries to turn the brake shoe assembly which can't move because the anchor pin stops them. The front shoe pushes the rear shoe against the brake drum which pushes against
the anchor pin at the top. When operating in forward direction, the rear shoe does most of the work as the front shoe does not even touch the anchor pin.
The front (primary) shoe usually has a shorter friction pad than the rear (secondary shoe). The adjuster star wheel generally is closer to the rear shoe so it can engage in the self adjuster lever. The movement of the shoes
reverses when you back up. It is this motion that allows the adjuster to catch the next notch on the star wheel. When you release the brake, the return springs pull the brake shoes back to the anchor pin. If the brakes have worn enough to require adjusting, this is when the lever will move the star wheel. Hope this explanation wasn't too complicated.