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Old 06-10-2004
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I don't have a ton of experience with drum brakes aside from changing the shoes. Recently, my automatic tensioner broke, so I am forced to manual adjust the brake tension. I was under the impression, that on the back of the drum under the axle tube there was a rubber grommet, and behind the grommet a flat head screwdriver could be inserted to some how adjust the brake tension. I tried this, and I had no luck locating anything that could allow me to adjust the brakes. I couldn't even get the drum OFF the driver's side. Too much tension or something. And yes, the parking brake was off.

How can I adjust my brakes manually?

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you depress the parking brake pedal down a few times.
the drum is stuck due to a rust build up on the outside edge of the machined surface, try a large hammer, always works for me.
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