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Re: clio authentique, problem fitting brake shoes

Have looked at your video,,
When your brake drum is replaced, the brake shoes will not be able to drop into the groove.

Undo your handbrake adjuster, that will allow the lever to retract.and go to the handbrake stop.
Forget about the hand brake at this point.
Slide the drum over the stub axle shaft,, ...
At this point you will see it slides on easy,,.Take the drum back off,, now adjust the brake adjuster so the drum will just slide over the brake shoes.
If the drum has a lip on the edge, file it off, get as much of this lip off as possible.
You are trying to get the lip level with the surface that the brake shoe normally touches..
This will allow you to adjust the brake shoe to drum clearance,...
This clearance is the most important part, ..
You want the drum to be able to turn, but with a very slight bind,,.
Do the same on both sides of the car....
Now when this is done, readjust your handbrake cable,..
To do this ,, use the adjusting nut, ....Keep tightening the nut,, (wheel still raised off the ground) hand brake not applied ,,,until you can feel the wheel starting to bind,,.
This will give you in the region of 4 clicks on the hand brake lever, but the clicks are not important, it could be 6,,.

That is your brakes done,,,

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