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Can't get the back brake drums on after shoe replacement. 1999 Ford Contour

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  • johnny mcneely Sep 16, 2010

    you'll have to back the back brakes off. look for a slot in the inside of the back brake drum,, take a straight screwdriver and insert it into the slot at the top of the backbrake drum. rotate the COG inside the drum counterclockwise until you're able to install the BACK brakes properly. hope this helps!! but if not,,chat online with an expert!!

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Perhaps you may have forgotten to do a step when you assembled the brakes. There is a small tubular threaded coupling called the brake adjuster . it fits between the brake shoes below the axle. It has a star like wheel that contacts the adjuster arm to automatically adjust the brakes as they wear during normal use . When you install new shoes , you must screw this component all the way in to itself so it is the shortest it can be Before reinstalling it . If everything is assembled correctly , the drum should go back on . You might have to wiggle it back and forth while applying pressure to push it on to the hub . Also , be sure the parking brake is not applied . Lastly, be sure you have the right size shoes.

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Back off on the adjustment which will make the shoes closer to the hub and also allow the drum to fit over them. Rear breaks are self adjusting and adjust as they wear so you just added 1/2" of shoe with out backing the shoe adjustment down to itsoriginal setting. That is the answer my friend you you have a question email me at jackdouglass@comcast.net

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You will need to loosen the bleeder valve and push in on both sides of the brake pistons that hold the shoes apart. This will give you enough clearance. Also measure along outside edges to make sure the brake shoes are centered in the opening and make sure nobody applied the parking break after the procedure was started. Make sure to tighten bleeder valve afterwards, have someone press on brake and release brake fluidd through hose into clean brake fluid covered hose end in a bottle to bleed the brakes and keep doing this cycle until all bubbles are gone or pedal will be soft. You can read up online about bleeding brakes for tips and full instructions.

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