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    Question Keeping Brake Drums SHINY!! & Nipples/Adjustment

    I had my rear drums and shoes changed.
    The new ones are nice and shiny! How can I maintain that look?



    My mechanic said that the new shoes/drums set-up will need re-adjusting after 3-4 months. He said this is par for the course with new brakes. What's the background to this?



    He also said that my NSR drum wheel cylinder has a worn nipple on it so they can't ascertain if the fluid level is correct or getting through (or something like that...I've forgotten his techno speak!) so it would be good to replace the wheel cylinder when the brakes are re-adjusted in 3-4 months time.
    Is that necessary?


    Many thanks.

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    Astra drums are self-adjusting, so should not necessarily need looking at.

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    Only way to keep them shiny is to paint them.

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    they are supposedly self adjusting but in reality they never do. so once they have bedded in then it is correct to manually adjust then to reduce pedal travel. no need to replace the whole wheel cylinder if just the nipple is worn. use molegrips if it is rounded and wind it out and pop a new nipple in, followed by a bleed out

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    Thanks for the input.

    I will mention that nipple thing to my mechanic.


    Are the drums similar in finish to alloy wheels?
    What I mean to ask is, how come alloy wheels don't get all rusty whilst drums do?

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    alloy wheels are alloy where as the drums are cast steel and are merely powder coated. i always spray them with silver hammerite, the smooth finish version, this keeps the rust away and keeps them looking like new

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    Cool.
    And I suppose that if I have any of that hammerite spray left over I could use it to spray the underside of the chassis where it has scraped a bit and may be prone to rust?

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    ideally you would want to use an underseal spray or brush on i wouldnt recommend just using paint just check that no rust is present, if there is give it a good rubbing down then underseal it

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