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93 LX wagon.
Bought rear brakes from advanced auto. Got their silver line 16.99 shoes.
Installed and now the drum won't go on. Off a considerable distance. It seems to me that the new shoe metal is slightly larger than what I took off. Anyone else have a problem with advanced parts? Should I grind a little stock away to make these work or take a chance getting a different manufacture shoe? Also the prob might lie in the adjuster quadrant. Is the pivot point at the ebrake lever and adjuster supposed to be really easy to move or pretty solid?
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I just have to ask: Are the shoes fully retracted?

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I think the shoes a retracted all the way.
Regarding the adjust there is no "star wheel" type. Some kind of ratcheting gear design. Pretty neat actually. Seems to be operating the way it should. Still seems to me that the metal the linings are on are just a little too big. I'm leaning toward griding a little metal off.
 

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Been a while since I had the drums off my '97, but should be similiar:

One side of the adjuster is the ratcheting side. The ratchet part should be all the way toward the backing plate in order for the shoes to be fully retracted. When I replaced the shoes on mine, it was a tight fit, but the drum did go on. Did you have the drums inspected and turned? The old shoes may have worn a lip into the drum, which could cause an issue when putting the drums back on.

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No didn't have the drums turned, but they are in excellent shape, though I can't vouch for roundness. Good thought.
 

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getting them turned isn't that big of a deal. you probably don't have the shoes retracted all the way, or just installed them incorrectly. also make sure you re-adjusted your e-brake cable accordingly.
 

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+1 to the e-brake and adjusters

Also, make sure they're centered up correctly. The shoes have a fair bit of float on the backing plate until you get the drum on, but the drum can only go on striaght and even. If the shes aren't centered , you'll never get the drum over them
 

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I thought about ebrake as well. Wil check that. As for the centered shoes, I had the hub off and the drums still wouldn't go. Of course I knew I had to put the hub on first, but I thought I'd check anyway. Well, I guess I've a couple things to check b4 grinding any metals. Thanks for input, folks.
 

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you need to press in on both sides of the wheel cylinder with the shoes to get the top half to retract as well as cranking in the lower threaded adjuster
 
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