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Rear Drum Problem

Hello all, A newbie here with a question. I own an 01 Ranger supercab 4x4 I recently put new shoes and drums on the rear (10" if it matters). Once it was back together the adjuster paddle? (not sure of the exact name) will not stay locked up on the gears of the adjuster. I replaced one side at a time and verified the assembly was correct and used my Haynes manual (not much help). The Ebrake works great even on a steep incline and with it in gear trying to drive against it. Any ideas?????? Thanks
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All i know i that they are self adjusting and all you have to do to adjust them is drive in reverse and slam on the brakes.
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You've got the spring on correctly, right? That should push the "paddle" against the adjuster, stopping it from loosening.
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If the adjuster wheel isn't sharp enough or if the pawl is worn it may not work. Also lubing the adjusting stay with a hi temp brake grease is also needed for good operation.

On my truck the adjust was nearly round and the pawl had a large groove in it. So every rear change I will get all new hardware even adjusters.

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Well thanks for the responses here are some answers to help clarify. The 1 Pawl has some minor wear (very small indention) the other is fine. Also as far as the springs go IF there is a problem that is were I think it is. There are 2 springs one connects to a cable and loops up to the upper mounting peg (that pulls up on the pawl) its hooked but there is not alot of tension. Then there is a spring that as far as I know pushes down on the pawl I am not 100 percent sure of that. Also I did back up several times at around 5-7 mph and kick on the ebrake and it stops. Thanks for any info.
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Last time i did mine it took about week for them to adjust to where needed. I did rough adjust threw access hole provided. Its just a PITA when you can find the tool and are stuck with big screw driver.
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i have replaced both of my adjusters and my brakes will only stay adjusted for a few days. all i know if the rear brakes on these trucks suck if i ever need to adjust them driving in reverse and slaming ont he brakes only helps me for maybe a couple hours..
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