1999 Ford Contour 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 158000 miles
I'm having trouble getting the leading brake shoe in the passengers side (rear) to fit up against the backing plate. As soon as I engage the " adjusting" plate into the trailing brake shoe, the top of the leading shoe angles out so just enough to miss the wheel cylinder piston. The drum goes on fine in this position. If I can tweak the adjuster I can get the leading shoe to fit into its quadrant up against the backing plate but can't get the drum on without breaking the shoe. Any additional adjustment continues to send the leading shoe away from the backing plate.
Any suggestions? This is my third time replacing the rear brakes and I have never had this problem in the past.
Thursday, November 20th, 2008 AT 10:47 AM