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  • Brakes: 1966 6 cyl. auto Cruiser Concern

    After driving the car 30 miles, I found that on moderate braking the rear end / rear brakes were making a new sound. The brakes are all drum, with new shoes and springs. On deceleration, it made a low 'thrum' sound with brakes applied, as if there were a 'flat' spot on the tire tread. Tires are in fine shape, no flat spots or uneven wear. I have checked the brakes, and no obvious issues observed. Very minor differential leak out the right axle seal, 90 wt gear oil is where it ought to be. I use the car to get to work two to three days a week. Yes, with shelter in place, my work is considered essential, as is my wifes employment. We are both blessed. I do need to be able to use the Cruiser when my Wife's work is on a different schedule. And I don't want to drive if I am going to create a road problem. Any experience with this on the 64-66 4 door sedans? I do love my 230 Cruiser. much fun to drive, and folks just haven't seen one in my county. Thanks in advance, Fred

  • #2
    Are the brake shoes adjusted for the proper clearance?
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      I agree with Gary. It sounds like a clearance problem. I have a 65 Cruiser one County away in Napa. Couldn't be happier with it. Incredibly reliable.

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      • #4
        Thank you - I adjust the brakes until the drum won't turn by hand, then back off until I have minor drag with the wheel attached.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fpd View Post
          Thank you - I adjust the brakes until the drum won't turn by hand, then back off until I have minor drag with the wheel attached.
          Sounds good. I guess that it is something else.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            One possibility with a Flanged Axle as you should have, is that there are issues with the Wheel Bearing and or the "Adjuster Ring" on it that requires proper adjustment per the Shop Manual.
            Last edited by StudeRich; 04-12-2020, 11:14 PM.
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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