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Old 04-09-2008, 02:58 PM   #1
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Replacing Drum Brake Covers and Part of Handbrake Cable

I recently attempted to remove one of the rear drum brake covers on my Ford Focus, I had to use to two broad chisels one on either side of the cover to slowly and carefully prise it off as there was no way I could remove it by hand. The brake shoes seemed to be up against the drum hence the difficulty in removing it without the aid of the chisels.
Now, I am unable to replace the cover as it will not fit over the brake shoes.

I was going to remove the brake drum cover off the other rear wheel, however, I noticed that after I had loosened just two out of the four nuts, which secure the drum brake cover to the brake backing plate, the drum brake shoes seemed to start pressing against the drum brake cover. So I stopped removing this brake drum cover as it appeared that if I had removed it, like the opposite wheel, I would not be able to replace it. Once I had retightened the nuts the brake shoes stopped pressing against the drum brake covers and the wheel spins easily.
So what do I need to do or what am I doing wrong?


Additionally the part of the hand brake cable which is inside one of the drum brake covers has snapped and I need to replace it. After the hand brake cable exits the brake backing plate it attaches to a connecter.

Can I replace just this part of the hand brake cable as it seems to me that is why the hand brake cable is in 2 parts. If so what is the best way to remove the brake cable from the connecter.

Also as the brake cable passes through the brake backing plate it passes through a rubber/plastic plug. How do I remove this?


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Old 04-09-2008, 03:13 PM   #2
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So what do I need to do or what am I doing wrong?
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You need to relax the adjuster, which is just underneath the cross piece (under the caliper) on the leading shoe. Pry it up with a screwdriver, if it doesn't loosen, use another screw driver to take tension off of the adjuster by prying the leading shoe forward.

Once you have that done, the drum should slide right back on.
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You need to relax the adjuster, which is just underneath the cross piece (under the caliper) on the leading shoe. Pry it up with a screwdriver, if it doesn't loosen, use another screw driver to take tension off of the adjuster by prying the leading shoe forward.

Once you have that done, the drum should slide right back on.
Sorry; but which one is the leading shoe.

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leading = front, trailing = rear.

Based on that question, I better clarify that my statement "pry it up" is not literally up. You pry the leading edge of the adjuster away from the shoe (towards you as you are looking at the brakes from the side)

Do you have a manual ? It might be a good idea.

Oops, just noticed you were U.K. Hopefully your brakes are the same as mine or my advice won't work.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:11 PM   #5
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leading = front, trailing = rear.

Based on that question, I better clarify that my statement "pry it up" is not literally up. You pry the leading edge of the adjuster away from the shoe (towards you as you are looking at the brakes from the side)

Do you have a manual ? It might be a good idea.

Oops, just noticed you were U.K. Hopefully your brakes are the same as mine or my advice won't work.

My brakes look like the ones in these photos:


http://www.focushacks.com/images/brakefix/Pic14.jpg

http://www.focushacks.com/images/brakefix/Pic8.jpg

http://www.focushacks.com/images/brakefix/Pic9.jpg


http://www.focushacks.com/images/brakefix/Pic10.jpg

http://www.focushacks.com/images/brakefix/Pic11.jpg
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You are in luck then.

This is your adjuster:

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Okay, just to be really sure I've understood this right, I will:

facing the side of the rear right hand wheel (looking forward to the front of the car) I will place a screwdriver on the front edge of the adjuster and pry or ease it towards me.

Looking at Pic 14 http://www.focushacks.com/images/brakefix/Pic14.jpg, as I think its clearer, the adjuster is the piece which makes contact and is to the right of the small knurled edged wheel.

Here is another photo http://www.focushacks.com/images/brakefix/Pic15.jpg
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Sounds like you've got it.

The second pic you posted shows the view from underneath, if that piece were on the car, you would pry towards the top of the picture.

It may not pop loose, one of mine did and the other didn't. If that's the case, just pry the shoe next to it outward while you pry on the adjuster and it should move then.
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Sounds like you've got it.

The second pic you posted shows the view from underneath, if that piece were on the car, you would pry towards the top of the picture.

It may not pop loose, one of mine did and the other didn't. If that's the case, just pry the shoe next to it outward while you pry on the adjuster and it should move then.
I did it today by using a broad tipped screwdriver to press on the knurled edge of the adjuster near where it connects to the little wheel. I moved the adjuster in a number of clicks until the brake shoes had fully contracted.

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This is why I converted my drums to disk. I love my SVT brakes.
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