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Rear brakes I have a 1997 jetta and it has drums on the back it has no adjuster in the back rear brakes. i cant get drum on

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There is an adjuster, just not a normal one(it's a VW!). It's a small, flat, wedged pin, about 1.5" - 2" long, sitting vertically behind the shoe opposite the parking brake lever, attached to the only vertical spring in the assembly. In addition, you could try getting a round file and removing some of the material from the inside edge of the drum.

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Look for screw (starred? HEX?) on back side which loosens or tightens the center piston. It could be hidding behind another 'cap' screw. Don't even try C-clamps !

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