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Re: Brake adjust sequence...

To: MG Nuts <>
Subject: Re: Brake adjust sequence...
From: Skye Poier <>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 11:54:08 -0800
Hi Menno,

Back off the adjuster until you can't hear the shoe rubbing, it doesn't
have to be super close to the drum to be set up properly, and you're
right if the shoes are dragging they will generate heat.

The handbrake adjuster under the lever should then be set so that the
handbrake is engaged on the 3rd "click" and the car doesn't move.  You
shouldn't be able to pull it past the 4th click.


Word on the street is Menno Meijer said:
> Dear List,
> After replacing handbrake parts (cable, springs)
> I'm now trying to adjust it as good as possible.
> Can somebody verify my sequence?
> 1: Release the handbrake lever as much down as
>    possible but leave the cable attached to the
>    handbrake levers.
> 2: Turn the drum-brake adjusters until the shoes
>    touch the drum.
> 3: Apply the foot-brakes a couple of times in
>    order to let the parts "set" themselves into
>    position.
> 4: When applicable repeat step 2 and 3.
> 5: Adjust the nut on the handbrake cable.
> Question 1:
> Currently I'm uncertain about my step 2. May
> the shoes touch the drum a little at some point? 
> At this moment I expect that my shoes touch the 
> drum at approx. 20 degrees during a 360 degrees 
> rotation of the wheel. I say "touch" because 
> also within these 20 degrees it's easy to rotate
> the wheel. (In fact I "hear" that the shoe is
> touching the drum)
> In the past I've read that I should adjust the
> brake adjuster until the drumbrake is fixed and
> then turn back 1 or 2 steps of 90 degrees. If I
> do this the shoe will touch the drums more than
> they do now. (I'm affraid of overheating the
> drumbrakes in this situation)
> Note: as far as I know my footbrake is working
> fine. (Unable to rotate the wheel by hand when
> applying the footbrake)
> Tomorrow I'll work on step 5.
> Greetings,
> Menno

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