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Failed inspection, (at a Toyota dealer) was told rear brakes need adjusting. How do I adjust and are they not self adjusting??

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To adjust the rear brakes you need to turn the adjusting screw, which is a piece between the brake shoes that has indents around it to help you when adjusting. You need to turn the adjuster enough so that with the drum, it will spin but is firm. Let me know if you need more direction.

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