After replacing the brakes shoes the drum would not go back on

Tiny
DAKOTA CAMPBELL
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  • 1998 DODGE DURANGO
  • 5.2L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 164,000 MILES
Replaced drum brakes and the drum would not go back on. We cleaned the lip of the drum amd had the adjuster all the way in, but the drum would not go back on
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 9:15 AM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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Make sure you have the correct brake shoes. Should be 11" brakes. If everything is retracted and centered the drum should just slide on.
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 10:28 AM
Tiny
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I called dealership and auto store, both say there is only one size for the truck.
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 1:19 PM
Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Hi guys. Check that both shoes are touching the large anchor pin at the top of the backing plate. Next, push the parking brake strut bar forward against the anti-rattle spring pressure. It should move at least an eighth of an inch. If neither of those are true, one of the rear parking brake cables is sticking in the partially-applied position.

Sometimes a shoe falls down into the groove around the backing plate when the hold-down spring is installed, then fails to get pulled up into position when the return spring is installed. You may need to use a small pry bar to pop the shoe out of the groove, then verify the frame is touching the anchor pin.

There are two unusual things I have seen beginner mechanics do. One fellow stuck the adjuster mechanism between the lower edges of the shoe frames, not on the webbing where they belong. You will see the notches in the ends of the adjusters are just wide enough to slip over the webbing. The lower parts of the frames are half as thick.

The same fellow installed the parking brake strut bar upside-down. They are shaped to provide clearance over the hub. He managed to get the drum on, but it made a grinding noise. That was on a Caravan. You will not get the drum to fit on some other models.
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 1:40 PM
Tiny
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I appreciate the comments, but I just grinded some of the metal at the bottom where the adjuster sits. It fits like a charm now.
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 5:27 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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You never grind on brakes. You go over them and determine what is wrong. You have a good chance of brake failure. Please take it to a garage and have it repaired properly.
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 7:01 PM
Tiny
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Something was overlooked, and I am betting on a stuck parking brake cable. Never grind your brakes, it is dangerous!
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 7:31 PM

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