Shortening the handbrake cable is the mistake made by a lot of people who do not understand how the brake system works. The shoes are extended as they are being partially activated all the time whereas the slave cylinders would be compressed.
The handbrake cable must have free play for the self adjusting mechanism to work and after that the handbrake almost never needs to be adjsuted.
Loosen the handbrake cable until there is free play. Remove the rear drums and manually adjust the adjuster until the drum can barely be mounted and retest.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 AT 6:07 AM