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Rear brake replacement

I am trying to replace the rear brake shoes and drums. I can't get the brake shoes to close so I can put the drums on. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Brake pedal go to the floor

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    4x4 lariat w/ ext cab. have book but diagram not clear. self adj. broken on both sides & parts packs show L & R sides. Shoes,wheeel cyl. & hardware are marked so by # only. Also appears springs werenot properly installed when previously replaced.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    after changing break drum and shoes

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Try to shorten first the adjusting bar between the shoes. this bar is used to adjust the handbrake.
it is now extended because it was used on thin brake shoe. wth the new thick brake shoe, you have to shorten this bar again.

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Ok listen to me closely! There is an adjuster on ford aspires i cant remember if its the top or bottom but you will see the part im talking about. This piece sits directly between the brake shoes. This has been adjusted out and made longer which is normal with worn shoes! You need to twist the adjuster all the way in with new brake shoes. This part your gonna be looking for has a little round wheel on it with tiny little jaggers all the way around that wheel. It is made this way so that once it gets where its suppose to be it cant back off. Self adjusters is what you need to be looking for so if you cant find on your car google it "self adjusters for rear brake shoes" that will fix you right up, just remember run that little feller all the way in. Then that brake drum will slide right on there for ya

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