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Re: Really need advice. Please.
As for the parking brake I was told that the mechanism inside the drum isn't working at all so would need a new one
Never, ever have I had to replace internal mechanism on a drum brake.
I've had to strip them out and free off joints and the ratchet screw mechanism but never replaced.
And I've worked and owned some right nails.
Usual problem to that a lever pivot point is sticking or the ratchet screw is clogged up and sticking.... so self adjuster doesn't work.
Quick and dirty solution is to adjust manually but only means adjustment will degrade in a month or so.
Better is get the drum off and have a looksee.
Currently in Dancingdad's garage:
Qashqai 1.6 spark driven, Kia Sedona 2.9 TDI, Scenic II 15DCi 2004 (SORN) not quite RIP.