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Unread 08-27-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Drum brakes Help

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?


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Unread 08-28-2011, 12:15 AM   #2
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It looks like the adjuster guide (arched guide on left) is in the wrong spot..it should almost be touching the back of the shoe on the left
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Unread 08-28-2011, 09:27 AM   #3
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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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I think I will try to move the adjuster guide, and if that doesn't work I'll replace the parts.
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Unread 09-04-2011, 05:51 PM   #5
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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.
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Unread 09-04-2011, 05:55 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 09-04-2011, 09:14 PM   #7
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....it looks like you have the cable spring guide backwards on the adjuster lever.
Good eye tangofox.

The cable adjuster goes on the front of the adjuster level like in my picture.
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Unread 08-20-2012, 04:29 PM   #8
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That was it. Spot on tangofox. thanks a lot for the help.
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