I replaced my brake shoes a while ago and it was my first time doing drum brakes. I learned what I could here then went at them. I thought it went pretty good up until today. I took the drums off today to find a nice gouge down the middle of both my brake drums, about 1/8" wide and 1/16" deep. I figured out that it was my adjuster lever digging into the drum. It looks like it all hooked up right to me except that the adjuster cable is too long. There is a spring that pulls it down but the cable doesn't pull it up at all. Did i do something wrong, or are the parts just worn out? also are the drums and shoes shot or can I still use them?
I have found that brake parts vary in their quality and fit. Usually cheap parts are cheap for a reason. I buy my parts at NAPA and always get the best quality parts they have. Compare the new adjuster cable to length to the one you have now.
Buy a brake kit with new parts and springs and re-do your brakes.
The self-adjuster lever spring should pull the adjuster into the star wheel.
You should be able to re-use the drums and brake shoes. If you think they are ruined, buy new ones.
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So I got it back together with all new springs and whatnot and the drivers side worked just fine but the other side is still weird. The adjuster lever starts touching the star wheel but after it is adjusted it doesn't touch anymore.
The usual problem is with the adjuster cable guide not seating properly. There is a protrusion on the guide that needs to fit into the hole in the shoe. Otherwise, it just hangs on the spring, out of position. That leaves slack in the cable.
Plus, it looks like you have the cable spring guide backwards on the adjuster lever.