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Hi everyone. First off I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year. I have the day off today so I thought I would clean and adjust the brakes on my 2002 Escape XLT. I have noticed more pedal travel and decreased stopping power recently. It has 70k on it and they have never been done. The shoes look decent still, but I have also started to hear the squeak when I release the brakes. Can anyone direct me to a how-to or tell me what I need to clean, grease, and adjust back there? I searched, but did not find anything specific to my question. I do not have a lot of experience with drum brakes at all. Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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From the Common Problem sticky thread:

Brakes squeak when you lift your foot off the pedal
This issue seems to come up once in a while on Escapes with rear drums. This is caused by insufficient lubrication between the brake shoes and the backing plate, and what you are hearing is a metal-to-metal squeal. Get a can of "Disc Brake Quiet" - usually blue or red stuff. Take the drums off and lift the shoes slightly away from the backing plate. You should see three humps on the backing plate where the shoes make contact - spray those down with the disc brake quiet. Be careful not to get any on the friction material itself.


I think you should be able to use the directions posted by Colleen to take the brakes apart and apply the solution listed above. I have had this squeak in the past. It comes and goes on my Escape...
 
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