How to Adjust Brakes On A 2000 Gem Electric Car

Adjusting the brakes on a 2000 GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) electric car involves several steps. These vehicles typically use hydraulic drum brakes, so the process is similar to adjusting brakes on other vehicles with this type of braking system. Here’s a general guide:

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Wheel chocks
  • Lug wrench
  • Screwdriver or brake adjustment tool
  • Safety gloves and glasses

Steps to Adjust the Brakes:

  1. Safety First:
  • Park the vehicle on a flat, level surface.
  • Engage the parking brake.
  • Place wheel chocks around the wheels that will remain on the ground.
  1. Lift the Vehicle:
  • Use a jack to lift the vehicle and secure it with jack stands.
  • Remove the wheels using a lug wrench.
  1. Access the Brake Adjuster:
  • Locate the brake drum. The adjuster is typically located behind the drum.
  • On some models, you may need to remove a rubber plug on the back of the drum to access the adjuster.
  1. Adjust the Brake Shoes:
  • Use a brake adjustment tool or a flat-head screwdriver to turn the adjuster wheel inside the drum.
  • Turn the adjuster wheel to expand the brake shoes until the drum is tight and you can no longer turn the wheel by hand.
  • Once tight, back off the adjuster slightly (usually a few clicks) until the wheel can turn freely with a slight drag.
  1. Reassemble and Test:
  • Replace the rubber plug (if removed) and put the wheel back on.
  • Lower the vehicle off the jack stands.
  • Test the brakes by driving at a low speed and applying the brakes to ensure they are working properly.
  1. Repeat for Other Wheels:
  • Repeat the process for each wheel that needs adjustment.

Additional Tips:

  • Check Brake Fluid: Ensure the brake fluid is at the proper level in the master cylinder. Low brake fluid can affect braking performance.
  • Inspect Brake Components: While adjusting the brakes, inspect the brake shoes, drums, and other components for wear or damage. Replace any worn or damaged parts as needed.
  • Consult the Manual: Refer to the GEM owner’s manual or a service manual for specific instructions and torque specifications for your model.

Warning:

  • If you’re not comfortable performing brake adjustments yourself, or if the brakes still don’t feel right after adjustment, seek professional assistance. Properly functioning brakes are crucial for your safety.

By following these steps, you should be able to adjust the brakes on your 2000 GEM electric car and ensure they are functioning correctly.

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