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I have replace the shoes on my '96 Ford Contour and cannot get the drums back on. The auto adjuster is fully retracted, the shoes are not hanging up on the backing plate, the springs look to be installed as they were before (and aren't hanging up on anything). Still, there seems to be about 1/16" to 1/8" of an overlap between the outer edge of the shoe and the inner face of the drum. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

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I had a similar problem with my truck. The Parking brake cables had too much tension. If you have the type with the threads on the cable they need to be backed off. Another type of Parking brake has a reel on the cable inside the car. The reel can have 2 types of adjustment. One has a threaded cable with adjustable nuts and the other is automatic. There is a latch to press to unload the spring and unwind the cable.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010

  • imgentlejian Sep 20, 2010

    Thanks for the response. The cable doesn't seem to be to tight as the stop on the lever is contacting the the shoe backing. However, I still tried to address this possible cause just in case and there was no resolution. Thanks, though.

    Any other suggestions?

  • fordexpert Sep 20, 2010

    Check the length of the Brake shoe lining. There is a long shoe and short shoe in some sets. I once bought an old Ford and it pulled to the left everytime I used the brakes. Someone had put both long shoes on the left side and the shorts on the right and there was more braking area on the left side.

    If you bought new drums, have them miked. They may be the wrong drums or were not milled. Then check the lining. There may be a difference if a Performance option was available with bigger wheels. Don't overlook midproduction changes, my 1999 Truck had larger wheel studs after 4 months of production.

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