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Very poor brake performance after changing rear shoes

Haynes manual doesnt cover the 2000 protege. ever since i replaced the rear brake shoes, i have had terrible brake performance. no abs but brakes will never stop well enough to lock up the wheels. immediately after adjusting, works fine, then gets worse quickly. took it to a local, decent mechanic who checked it out and said assembly looked fine. couldnt find a problem. anyone have a diagram of the assembly so i can make sure i put it together right?

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It sounds like your self-adjusters are not assembled correctly allowing them to back off when braking.

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