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Re: MK2 Clio - Rubbish rear brakes

Its all down to the adjustment of the shoes. Ensure hand brake is completely off with the cable adjustment completely loosened off then adjust the brake shoe adjusters so that the drum just fits over the shoes. With the drum on then adjust the adjuster through the hole in the back plate until the wheel locks up, then back it off until the wheel just turns freely. Do the same on both sides then readjust the hand brake ensure that after this adjustment the wheels still rotate with the hand brake released. You also need to understand that with the compensator valve the rear brakes don't do a lot until there are passengers or a load in the car. Sometimes when they are tested on the MOT the rears don't lock up anyway. So you could just be chasing your tail. Before you spend too much time take it to an MOT center and get them to put it on the brake tester. It may well be OK.
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