My wifes 87 Fiero rear brake (passenger rear) started to smoke and lock up a few weeks ago. Odd thing is when I took off the tire, the caliper was loose, the brake shoes appeared good but were no where's near the rotor which was completely burned up. The hub spins ok with minimal bearing resistance and no noise. There was also little to no brake fluid in the brake lines when I removed them, but there was no leaks noticed. I also must saythat whe I parked the car after noticing the brakes were getting hot (smelled buring brakes) I took a home to it and did it steam for over 20 minutes before it stopped.
I wasn't sure if it was the caliper or hose line (or both) so I desided to buy new calipers for both rear, new brake lines, brake line clips, new brake shoes and rotors. I bought for both sides.
Being a "Toyota" I've done many brake jobs in the past. The Fiero seems to be slightly different.
Is there a step buy step (general steps) that I should be doing this in? I'm having issues with getting the e-brake lines back into the new caliper thru the large spring. I'm also a little concerned because the caliper (on the driver side- haven't finished the passenger side yet due to waiting on the caliper) with the brake shoes fits a bit too tight from how I'm use to on my Celica's. I have the cars rear on stands and the wheel off. I can still spin the rotors by hand, but I have brake drag. Not hateful, but more than I'm use to.
The ebrake on this thing is unique..
I can't find an adjustment procedure or any write up on hoe to do this. I struggled for over an hour on the driver side to get the cable into the bracket, but am concerned that the other side will be harder due to the tension now on the side I did yesterday. Is it recommended to remove the parking brake cables and 'install them' and tendsion them after the calipers and brakes are in and bled? Am I fighting losing battle attemping to keep the cable as is and install the calipers?
ANY TIP or tricks would be very appreciated. My wifes Fiero belonged to a Pontiac dealers owner as part of his private collection. He apparantly had it zebarted and I'm kind of grateful, as all the covered bolts come off perfectly and there is little rust The car is OEM and is driven less than 500 miles a year. Sorry for rambling... I'm trying to get this out while working.....