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I put new shoes on my car last night (I NEVER want to do that again!) and I was wondering what, if anything, I need to adjust.
I got it all back together and it all looks right but now my parking brake doesn't really do anything. It just barely worked before I did the brakes. I'd have to pull it several times as hard as I could to make it grab.
I had to do the shoes because I had grinding coming from the right rear. Once I got it apart I saw that the front shoe (primary?) was worn to the rivets at the top but there was still plenty of meat towards the bottom.
I put it all back together and put the drums on and I had to drive it to work today. Everything seems to working fine except for the parking brake. Do I need to make any adjustments or is it all "automatic". Any ideas about the parking brake?
 

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Its reassembled incorrectly. Sorry to say that, and you should find somebody very familiar with that dinosaur setup. I cant really explain it, but the cable is not routed right.
 

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Get a Haynes manual. I used one when I replaced the pads and all the springs,retainers and every other drum brake part.:idunno:
 

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If it is put together right, then you may have to adjust the rear brakes. You can do this by turning the gear type wheel adjuster. There should be a rubber cover on the lower portion on the backside of the drum. Remove that rubber cover and then use a flathead drewscriver to turn the gear wheel. What you want is to have a slight rubbing of the shoes when you turn the rear wheels. At this point, the shoes are adjusted to their optimum and your e-brake should work fine.
 
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