I’ve recently replaced the drum brake shoes and brake cylinders on my kia (as well as the drum hardware springs and what not). First of all it was way more difficult then I bargained for, but I did get it done eventually needing to use the other side as reference (and then obviously replacing everything on that side too). One thing I do want to mention is that I could not get the drum on without closing the brake adjuster COMPLETELY. So I basically just closed it all the way so I could smoothly fit the drum on. I figured this would be no big deal because there’s a lever there anyways that SHOULD adjust it exactly how it needs to be. Now I have 2 big questions:
The first I believe is literally with the design of these particular drum brakes. When putting it together I noticed that the really long spring seems to go right between the adjusting lever and the adjuster itself, so it would seem to me that the lever would have a very hard time actually adjusting the brakes. This is actually one of the main reasons I took a look at the other side to make sure this was correct and the other side was like that as well. I actually took a few pictures as well: https://imgur.com/a/lX0DbzQ
That’s the side I first put together and I checked the other side to be sure it was correct. Maybe the lever should go behind the spring even though that’s not how either side was when I first opened it up?
The second is I just want to know how the brakes are adjusted automatically? I put the wheels back on and drove around a bit and the brakes don’t feel like they’re effective at all right now. When I bled the new cylinders I could hear the brakes hitting the metal so they do seem to be functioning. I assume it’s just because I manually closed the adjuster as much as possible to get the drum on and now it just need to adjust. Does it just happen over time so I should just drive around a bit and see if the brakes get better? How should I really know if they’re being adjusted or not?
Anyways that got really long so sorry about that. After spending a WEEK changing these brakes I just wanted to finally be done with the problem. Any help will be greatly appreciated.