ollyw wrote:Your brake shoes are the wrong way round
Peter-S wrote:thanasis wrote:[[b]Are the shoes 100% fitted wrong
They need to stay the same way up but swap one side with the other.
Maybe not go back to that garage though
Does the handbrake need adjustment, is the welded adjuster a factor or something else?
Paul G wrote:The adjuster ratchet itself is probably worn out and not holding the adjustment. The mig weld on it is an old trade trick whereby the shoes are clicked out until they are lightly rubbing on the inside of the drum then the adjuster is welded in position to stop it slipping and releasing the shoes out of adjustment.
When you have got a replacement adjuster loosen off the handbrake cable then pump the brakes several times followed by operating the handbrake a few times. This should bring the adjusters out to set the shoes in the right position. Finally re-adjust the handbrake cable to finish off.
ollyw wrote:Often the pivoted part of the adjuster which has the serrated edge on it is rusted solid which doesn’t help anything. I find placing them in a vice and soaking in wd40 whilst wiggling the join with pliers helps no ends in getting accurate adjustment when fitted.
nigecapri wrote:Being able to lock the brakes when you could not do before is good. It means increased braking efficiency so you can stop faster. The next step is getting the front to a similar stage, the next step is then getting better tyres so when you have the force to stop the wheels turning you have the grip to stop them skidding = shorter braking distance.
If you have too much pedal travel then adjust the shoes by hand so that the drum will only just fit over the shoes. Try to judge how they are balanced by operating them by hand with the lever when drum is refitted. Test run. but bear in mind that any adjustment means they will need to bed in a bit. Remove the drums to check for shiny high patches on the shoes & sand down as required. This should improve pedal travel & feel.
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