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Adjusting drum brakes, finding adjuster? - 1997 Mazda Protege

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  • slizzard771 Aug 31, 2008

    I can't adjust the brake pads on my rear brakes and the covering won't fit back, help.

  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2008

    cant find the adjuster



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You must make sure that your hand brake cable is retracted all the way, most of the time that is the problem the cable is partially or totally seized and the brake shoes cant come back in place. Or with the help of someone else, push gently the brake pedal and see if the brake cylinder is working, the piston of your cylinder could be seized in the rust .
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Try to adjust the rear brakes tighter at the shoes, if you have drum brakes. May require taking the drum off and adjusting the adjuster. Or, adjusting it from the backing plate access hole if there is one.

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  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  3. Remove the brake drum.
  4. Using a brake adjusting gauge, measure the inside diameter of the brake
  5. Compare the brake drum measurement to the brake shoes.
  6. Adjust the brake shoes by inserting a brake adjustment tool into the knurled
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  7. Install the brake drum.
  8. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Check the brake system operation by making several stops while driving
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