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I changed the shoes and brake cables from the mazda protege 1999 and does not work properly. The front cable is set to the maximum adjustment and when I pull the brake lever the brakes do not brake properly.

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Hi Luigi, Re check to ensure your shoes are properly installed Also you need to manually adjust the shoes so when you turn your tire you should hear a slight drag of the shoes on the inner drum. If you have too much play, your cable will be out of limit even if its set to maximum adjustment. If you had previously manually adjusted the shoes then double check to see if that is the proper cables you purchase for the vehicle and make sure it is not binding.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014

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    Luigi Dal Bianco Apr 21, 2014

    Many thanks for the quick response. I think really what was missing was the manual adjustment of the shoes. I'll set them, and then I'll post the result.

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