drum brake adjustments


Old 11-23-05, 11:21 AM
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drum brake adjustments

I have a 99 dodge grand caravan and need to adjust the rear brakes.....how tight should the brakes be after adjusting? should the drum barely turn....what is the best way to adjust them?...Thanks
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Old 11-23-05, 05:10 PM
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If the self adjusters are working properly, i.e. not rusted up, merely backing up a few times and applying the brakes will adjust them. If you have just replaced the shoes and need a starting point, I usually tighten them up until I get a slight resistence. The auto adjusters should then get them set properly.
Old 01-08-06, 11:24 PM
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I have heard that you need to use the emergency brake to adjust the rear shoes. Any truth to that?

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