Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Montague NJ
Model: Mercury Sable
Engine: 3.0L 24v Duratec V6
Rep Power: 32
Self adjuster pushes down on the star wheel on the outside to tighten adjuster.
Top of star wheel goes toward the car to loosen no matter which side.
I've ground the heads off the shoe retainer "nails" to get the drum out further to access the adjuster.
You're gonna need a hardware kit anyway to do it right and new nails are part of a complete kit. Some drum kits have 2 separate kits, brake hardware and self adjuster kit. Kits are L & R side dependant due to the adjuster.
I always put new hardware in, so it's done once for a long time.
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Last edited by repairman54; 07-20-2010 at 06:33 AM.