What do I do with leftover part from drum brake hardware kit?


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Old 06-03-22, 10:49 PM
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What do I do with leftover part from drum brake hardware kit?

92' Ford Ranger XLT with 2.9 V6.
This is all part of my rear axle assembly replacement with backing plates. The axle assembly is completely installed.
But I have to redo the drum brakes. I have one part left over. What do I do with that black spring? (I just hung it there for display purposes.)

I notice my adjuster screw doesn't seem too tight and fell off a few times. Does that black spring have something to
do with holding down the adjuster screw and lever?

I also found a photo of a completed drum that uses the same drum hardware in my kit.



 

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06-04-22, 07:43 AM
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Way back when, before phone cams and even digital cameras, I always dissasemblled one wheel at a time and used the opposite wheel as a diagram to assemble the new one. Only when I was sure that the replacement matched the opposite side would I dissemble the other one.
My only major mistake when I did a drum brake job was when I put both primaries on one wheel and both secondaries on the other wheel. When I went to do a test drive and I hit the brake pedal, it took super human streangth to stop the car from careening to one side.
 
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What do I do with that black spring?
If you study the second picture long enough you will see where that spring goes. Look at the stamped metal lever at the bottom with the " L" and you will see it. The loop in the spring goes under and on the pin that that lever is attached to.
 
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I saw it right a way. That is what keeps the adjuster lever tight against he star wheel.
 
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Ahh....................That is what I suspected.

I can see where the coil part of the spring goes on the adjuster lever mount pin.

It also appears that one end of the spring inserts into the hole in the shoe..............and the other end of the spring wraps around the adjuster screw. But which end of the spring goes where?

(Now I have to buy wheel cylinders for 1992. The later models ones I got don't fit the brake lines!
Fortunately I can pick up this morning)
 
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Way back when, before phone cams and even digital cameras, I always dissasemblled one wheel at a time and used the opposite wheel as a diagram to assemble the new one. Only when I was sure that the replacement matched the opposite side would I dissemble the other one.
My only major mistake when I did a drum brake job was when I put both primaries on one wheel and both secondaries on the other wheel. When I went to do a test drive and I hit the brake pedal, it took super human streangth to stop the car from careening to one side.
 
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I know Norm. I do that too. I will take photos to use as a diagram. I only assembled one backing plate.

Where do the ends of the spring go? The photo of the completed drum is a little hazy in that area
 
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To be honest, it's been so long that I can't remember. In the interest of honesty and safety, I'm going retract my statement that that's where that spring goes. I just checked several GOOGLE images and nowhere do I see that spring installed. But, yet I do remember having to install it on my brakes. And it's therte and mustbe installed on your system.
 
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Look at this video. How to Change Drum Brakes (In-depth, ultimate guide) - YouTube
It shows exactly waht you have.
 
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Not sure if you solved your problems. The yellow line mimics the spring.
You can see the old one in the white circle.

 
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I was at the auto parts store. That's a strange position for that spring. I thought one end inserted into the hole in the brake shoe. But it just presses on the inside of the shoe. Thanks.

Is that photo of the completed drum assembly below...................correct?

Is the orientation of the drum hardware switched on the passenger side rear drums?
 
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That's an excerpt from your picture.
 
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I'm not sure what you mean by excerpt Pete
 
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Is the orientation of the drum hardware switched on the passenger side rear drums?
​​​​​​​Mirror image.
 
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Excellent! That's what I thought. I believe all I have left is brake bleed and check gear oil level in the axle housing.

But I'm having a little trouble with parking brake cable fasteners under the vehicle. I'll post separately
 
 

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