I’m almost done replacing my rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders (one cylinder was leaking), and it went without a hitch until I tried to get the drums back on the car. The drum gets hung up on the shoes and will not slide back on.
The car is a 1996 Mercury Mystique, 2.0L, 75000 miles.
The drum looks to be in good shape, and doesn’t have a lip at the edge like I’ve heard old drums getting.
The brake assembly has a goofy auto-adjustment bar, which appears to be fairly common in Fords. I turned it down as far as it will go, and both of the shoes are now resting on the wheel cylinder pistons, as well as their anchors at the bottom. I tried opening the bleeder valve and compressing the pistons more, but it seems that they are already in as far as they’ll go. The parking brake lever is fully depressed, and it does not appear that the parking brake is affecting the shoes (if the brake were on, then there would be a gap between the shoes and the wheel cylinder piston, right?)
I considered getting the drum turned to take off a millimeter or so, or sanding down the friction surface of the shoes, but this seems like it could be a bad idea.
Is there anything I’ve overlooked? If not, what would you guys recommend?
Thanks in advance,
edit: here are some images of the new installation. Anyone see anything wrong? http://imgur.com/a/vy7Ye