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1997 F-150 rear drum brake schematic

I am replacing the rusty worn drum brakes on my 1997 F-150. Do you have a diagram, the self adjuster cables were rusted away. Les in Vermont

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SOURCE: Are the rear drum brakes on 1997 stratus self adjusting or manual

It should be self adjusting (when u back up and apply the brakes, it adjusts ), and can also be manually adjusted (thru removal of the rubber plug on the backing plate). The adjuster (star wheel) can seize due to rusting and it won't adjust automatically or manually. Whenever u do a brake job, spray it w/ wd-40 and turn it back and forth several times to make sure it is free, then I put a dab of high temp. brake grease on the threads (only a small amount, as u don't want it dropping off and getting on the brake shoes).

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you have worn out shoes and its always best to adjust the shoes this way your brakes are always at the closest to drum for better braking. the only time a cable should be adjusted is when being replaced with new one. hope this helps you.

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SOURCE: how do you remove the drums from a 1999 ford 350

Well the first thing is to make sure the parking brake is off and that the front wheels are chocked (unless all wheels are off the ground). If the parking brake is on you will have a difficult time getting the drums off (if at all). Now, they could be rusted on but there should be two holes near about 1/4 inch in diameter about an inch from the edge, those are for you to screw bolts in to push the drum off. Find some suitable bolts at a hardware or autoparts store.

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Unless you have replaced the cable, it should never need to be adjusted. If you can reach under the vehicle, and when wiggling the parking brake cable, if it is taut (not sagging), then it is probably adjusted properly. What usually causes the parking brake cable to appear mis-adjusted (the parking brake won't hold the vehicle), is that the self-adjusters in the rear drum brakes are not working properly. This is bad because it means that you are not getting proper braking from the rear brakes as well as having the parking brake issue. This can cause premature wear to the front disc brake pads/rotors and affect braking power and control under certain stopping conditions. Front disc brakes work so well that many people never realize that their rear brakes aren't doing their fair share. The purpose of the self-adjusters in the drum brakes is to keep the rear brake shoes at a consistent distance from the drum's inner surface as the shoe lining wears down. If the adjuster works correctly, the parking brake will always stay in adjustment. You CAN adjust the parking brake cable, but if the problem is actually with the self-adjuster, you are masking the real problem, and later on when you need to replace the rear brake shoes, you will find it impossible to put the drum back on over the shoes as the parking brake will have the shoes pushed out too far. Have a mechanic check out the self-adjuster mechanism. It is always a good idea whenever you replace the rear brake shoes to replace all the rear brake hardware as well. You don't replace rear brakes nearly as often as the front ones, and the cost of the hardware is minimal in relation to the satisfaction of knowing that non-corroded parts will work better and provide longer service than the older, gummed-up and rusted hardware that is currently installed.

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You are right to think they are self adjust under normal circumstances. You seem to have a good knowledge of how they work etc so I'm going to suggest you retrace your steps and make sure the self adjust mech in the brake is correctly set. You should not need to alter the E brake cables, make sure the E brake is fully OFF when you set the shoes. You are on the right lines so just retrace your steps. You should be able to fit the drums and set the shoes with a couple of pumps of the pedal and a couple of pulls / presses of the E brake.
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your rear brakes are worn or the self adjusters are rusted, assuming you have drum rear brakes & not disc pads in the rear.
Try backing up several times with very hard stops to activate the self adjusters. If you don't back up much, the self adjusters can not work. Parking brake will be adjusted at the same time.

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  2. Remove the rear wheels.
  3. Remove the brake drums.
  4. Remove the brake return springs.
  5. Remove the leading shoe holding pin and spring, and then the leading shoe.
  6. Remove the self-adjuster and the adjuster lever.
  7. Remove the trailing shoe holding pin and spring.
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  12. Position the trailing shoe on the backing plate and install the hold-down pin, spring, and retainer. Don't stretch the return spring when fitting the shoes onto the backing plate.
  13. Connect the upper return spring and the leading shoe to the trailing shoe and position the leading brake shoe on the backing plate.
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