Picking apart my "new" '13 runabout, I'm examining the bands. The previous owner installed wood band linings ten years ago. Given his driving habits, that's likely well over 15,000 miles on these linings. As expected, the reverse band showed the least wear. Less expected, the brake showed a little less wear than low speed, probably owing to the RM brakes. All in all, a rather impressive run for these linings.
I'm replacing them because there is wear down to the rivets on all three bands, concentrated within a couple of inches or so either side of the band "ears".
My question : is this a "normal" wear pattern regardless of the lining material ? Is there something amiss here that can be corrected when I install new band linings ?
Oh - the bands are "retro-fitted" with the improved removable lug.
Sounds normal. When you reline them, take the time to ensure the bands have been made round so the contact will be as even as possible. Ensuring the band is round taking up evenly all the way around helps with smoothness as well.
I like my wood bands. I have no idea how long they will last, but they've been in there for years, and after an initial break in, have not needed adjustment but maybe once.