Question about Kia Spectra
If you have drum brakes, there should be a screw type device that fits between the shoes close to the bottom of the assembly. This is the "star wheel". It is the automatic self adjuster for drum brakes. It is supposed to turn and keep the rear shoes adjusted. It is fair at best because it often seizes up and stops working. You need to turn it in order to back the shoes off. Either in the drum or on the backing plate there should be a slot about an inch long. Reach in there with a screwdriver and turn the star wheel. To back the drums off you need to lift on the screwdriver to turn the wheel down. This works on both sides because one is reverse threaded to work properly. Spin the wheel as you adjust and you will be able to feel resistance when the shoes start grabbing. Back off a 1/2 turn or so until the wheel spins free again.
If you can't make this work, remove the drum and do it that way. If you can't get the star wheel to turn, it is replacable at any auto parts store. Coat the threads with an "anti-seize" coating before you put it in and don't mix them up, as I said earlier one is reverse threaded. This will help keep it working longer. With the drum off move the star wheel until the drum just slides on easily. As you adjust it keep pushing the brake shoes together to keep them tight so your adjustment is true. Also take a look at the inner portion of the drum. If you can feel a lip at the very edge of the drum, this will cause your rear brakes to be too loose. Use a hammer and tap the edge at an angle. This will chip that lip off and let your brake shoes seat properly. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 23, 2011
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