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Hello. Did you adjust the shoes with the auto adjuster before installing the drum and the wheel? Do you need the instructions that shows that?
OK, so you adjusted the shoes in to get the drum on?
when you install the drum you should hear it drag very slightly on the shoes when you spin it. If not, adjust the shoes out a little at a time until you can. I am attaching the procedure in PDF.
FORD FOCUS BRAKE SHOE REPLACEMENT
the parking brake cable and lever should offer no stopping power (except in an emergency). Properly adjusted it may not necessarily be all the way against the stop. The brake shoe adjustment is done with the auto adjuster behind the drum. The parking brake adjustment is done at the lever. That attachment should help you quite a bit. What happens when you try to open the attachment? It just opened for me
BRAKE SHOE REPLACEMENT
Try this link. I'm not sure what's wrong as I have never had issues with dropbox in the past. The brake shoe adjustment is often times adjustable with the wheel on, but in your case I believe you will have to have the wheel and drum removed.
You probably won't have access to the auto adjuster with the wheel on. You will likely have to remove the drum adjust it out a little and reinstall the drum, etc until you get the desired effect. The adjuster is a triangular shaped piece with teeth on it. You will notice as you rotate it one way, it will increase the width of the shoes, and the other way will decrease the width. I will be away from my computer for a while as I am about to leave work, but I will check back in a little bit to see how it's going.
How did it go?