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Re: working on Clio Brakes and handbrake on my own-frustrated, confused & need some h

The minimum brake shoe lining thickness is 2.5mm. Check that the adjustment mechanism isn't seized and all components are in their correct location. Also pull back the slave cylinder rubbers and check for leaks.
If you can get your hands on a small angle grinder or such (a big course file will do if needs be) remove as much of the wear ridge as possible - don't damage the friction area. Don't rely on the adjusters to self-adjust - they are notorious for not working correctly.
Fit the drum but not the big nut - depress the footbrake 3-4 times and operate the handbrake a few times then check the drum still rotates by hand - this allows the shoes to centralise themselves. If so remove the drum and turn the knurled nuts on the adjuster so the drums are forced out towards the drum. Replace the drum repeat the previous sequence a number of times until you can just feel the drum dragging. You may have to do this a number of times. It takes a bit of time and patience - don't rush. Only do one side at a time.
Once you are happy with the adjustment on both sides fit the nuts and tighten correctly.

If you are in doubt about any aspect please seek assistance - remember brakes are like your best friends - you miss them most when they ain't there.
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