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I'm replacing the drum rear brakes on a 1990 MPV. reason

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I'm replacing the drum rear brakes on a 1990 MPV. For some reason I can't seem to install the drum ! It just won't fit. The replacement shoes seem exactly like the old ones (slightly thicker pads since old ones are worn). What could be the issue?I began filing some of the metal that contact the adjuster as to make the shoes come closer to each other but I'm not sure if this is a good idea. Is it possible that I reversed the springs that hold the shoes to the backing plate (the red one is a little longer than the green one) that is causing the problem?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 year ago.

hello, I am Randall can you maybe snap a picture or two? use the link on your end to send to this post? i really need to see how you did the shoes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sure. Here you go. The adjuster is not showing because I removed it to begin filing the ends.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A pic from the bottom.
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 year ago.

last pic has no adjuster. you know this, are the top 1/2 moon portions of the shoes touching the stud when adjuster is in place?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
they seem to be touching the stud.
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 year ago.

so without adjuster in drum still does not go on? this is odd

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No the drum definitely goes on without the adjuster. It's when I install the adjuster when the drum doesn't want to fit.
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 year ago.

can you put adjuster in and pic for me? all looks ok right off, well an error with top springs . will deal with that later, that is not the cause

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'll go home and do that and send you additional pictures.thanks !

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