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I have a 2001 Mazda 626 LX 2.0 L L4 I cannot get the rear brake drum to go over the new shoes that I installed I have tried using the adjuster and everything

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The last answer is nonsense, make sure the adjuster wheel is all the way back, and the wheel cylinder is free, check that the handbrake lever on the shoe has fully returned to the off position, if it hasn't let the adjustment off on the handbrake cable & check cable is free the lever should now be returned fully in the off position, assuming the shoes are correctly fitted the drum will now go on, after this procedure I remove the drum and manually adjust the star wheel a little at a time until the drum is a sung fit on the shoes, but not too snug that it doesn't turn, once done re adjust handbrake cable to take up slack. Job now done properly

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The starwheel adjuster will only compensate for a very small amount of space and i believe is only intended to provide an auto-mechanical means to ensure the same minute gap between the two components (drum and pads) is maintained throughout the entire life of the parts.

you dont want to even put the new shoes on until you've ensured the piston is evenly compressed back into the wheel ensure the integrity of your new parts are maintained just use a "c" clamp over the old shoes, then crack the bleeder valve and use the clamp to re-seat the wheel cylinders piston/s as the piston/s displace the small amount of brake fluid from the wheel cylinder. then put your new pads on and voila! your rotor should have the clearance that it requires to get the drum back over the shoes/pads and in its proper place. THEN adjust the starwheel to minimize the distance the pads must travel to engage the rotor.

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