Rear brake adjustment

Tiny
HAYESMAN
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  • 2001 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 96,000 MILES
How do I adjust the rear brake shoes closer to the brake drums?
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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 AT 2:15 PM

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Tiny
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PARKING BRAKE

NOTE: Parking brake is self-adjusting on Contour and Mystique. To adjust, operate parking brake several times.

Escort
1.Count number of notches it takes to fully apply parking brake lever. If parking brake is fully applied, 5-7 notches, parking brake adjustment is okay. If parking brake requires adjustment, go to next step.

2.Parking brake cable is adjusted at parking brake lever. Remove center console. Ensure parking brake is fully released. Tighten adjusting nut at parking brake lever until adjustment is within specification. Install center console. Check parking brake operation.

REAR BRAKE SHOES

1.This adjustment should be made only after replacing brake lining or if brake applications are insufficient to actuate automatic adjuster. Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheels.

2.Remove brake drum. Using a brake drum diameter gauge, determine brake drum diameter and proper shoe diameter. Hold automatic adjusting lever out of engagement. Using a screwdriver, rotate knurled quadrant on adjuster assembly to adjust brake shoes.

3.Adjust brake shoes to fit gauge. Rotate gauge around shoe to ensure proper fit. Install brake drum. Install wheels. Check brake operation by making several stops at varying forward speeds.

The guide below will give you an idea of how to adjust them, not vehicle specific,but same principle

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/parking-brake-shoe-replacement

See pics attached below
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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 AT 5:19 PM
Tiny
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How do I adjust the rear brake shoes up to make contact with the brake drums?
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 11:24 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BLACKOP555
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Put on the parking brake a few times and release.

Then drive in reverse on a flat dry surface adn stop moderatley then fastly then the brakes are all set.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 11:24 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KFUT
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How does rear brakes self adjust 1997 ford escort
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 11:24 AM (Merged)
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RASMATAZ
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Use a brake gauge to save time, unavailable -you need to adjust until they just clear the drum (little or no drag felt when the drum is rotated after initial adjustment do a few reverse braking to self adjust
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 AT 11:24 AM (Merged)
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It does not answer the question asked. Not even close.
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Friday, December 28th, 2018 AT 11:32 AM

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