The problem with that method is it assumes the handbrake cable is properly
adjusted. If the cable is stretched slightly (not unusual on older cars),
then the suggested procedure could result in dragging brakes, which can
overheat and ruin drums, wheel bearings, the whole car, etc.
Not worth the risk, IMO ! I'd stick with the factory procedure !
Also, I'm not sure about a TR6, but on a TR3 the adjuster works on both
shoes. Curiously enough, the adjustment procedure for the early Lockheed
brakes starts with applying the brakes to center the shoes, but the later
Girling brakes (which function identically to the Lockheed), do not. I make
it a habit to apply the brakes hard after doing an adjustment, and recheck
the adjustment to make sure centering is not an issue. (On all drum brakes,
not just TR)
"Radley, Jack" wrote:
> Thanks to everyone for the suggestions regarding rear brake adjustments.
> I went looking in the VTR internet site and found an article on a
> shortcut approach to making the rear brake adjustments. The article
> suggests engaging the parking brake to the point of 3-4 clicks and then
> tightening the adjuster until snug. Sounds easy enough.
> Any experience out there on this?
> Page was found at http://www.vtr.org/maintain/brake-adjustment.html
> Jack Radley