Feel free to roast me if this is a stupid question.
Have just installed new brake shoes in the rear, no problems until the very end.
The lower shoe tension spring is putting too much tension on the bottom of the shoes, so the shoes are pivoting out at the tops, away from the cylinder pistons, and I cannot fit the drum over the new shoes. If I back off the adjuster on the strut set so that it is approaching minimum length, the strut/adjuster components start flapping around as there is no pressure on it.
I have pushed fluid out of the brake cylinder and can push the pistons in no problem, but when I present the drum there's no way I can overcome the tension of the lower shoe tension spring.
What an I doing wrong?! Am on my own which doesn't help, extra pair of hand would be good. Need to get tgis re-assembled pronto.
Helpful suggestions much appreciated!