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I rebuilt my rear drum brakes (1 cyl of 4 was working) got them adjusted and life was good. I rebuilt the one front brake and I can't get a screw driver into adjust the cylinder bacause of steering components. Is there a brake adjustment tool or has one of you experts out there come up with a trick to make this happen? I tried to bend a screw driver to do this but all I did was break a screw driver.
 
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Two ideas.

My regular adjuster (that looks like a bent screwdriver) did not work very well, so I used a stubby flat screwdriver and it worked pretty good. I had to use a little more umph...

On the fronts I know exactly what you are talking about with hitting the steering arm, so I also was able to use a regular 6 inch screwdriver, and instead of using the leverage of swinging it (because it would hit the arm) I would stick it in straight and then push with my fingers in the middle of the screwdriver and use the handle end as the center point.


hope that helps.
 
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Best thing in the world is a stubby straight slot screwdriver. You're welcome.
 
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Two ideas.

My regular adjuster (that looks like a bent screwdriver) did not work very well, so I used a stubby flat screwdriver and it worked pretty good. I had to use a little more umph...

On the fronts I know exactly what you are talking about with hitting the steering arm, so I also was able to use a regular 6 inch screwdriver, and instead of using the leverage of swinging it (because it would hit the arm) I would stick it in straight and then push with my fingers in the middle of the screwdriver and use the handle end as the center point.


hope that helps.

I had to do the same thing for mine, they are aggravating as all get out.......

As for what FF LC FREAK said, dito! I don't have that problem anymore either!
 
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I cut a spoon down :hillbilly: Yes I know but it works great for me
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Besides a stubby screw driver I found a brake adjusting tool at a local auto parts store that has a bend that allows it to work around the steering linkage. It was too wide for the slots so I ground on it until it fit.
 

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Besides a stubby screw driver I found a brake adjusting tool at a local auto parts store that has a bend that allows it to work around the steering linkage. It was too wide for the slots so I ground on it until it fit.
Howdy! I have found that most of the brake adjusters sold in parts stores are too fat to work very good. I went to BAP and got one for a VW and it works much better. John
 
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I had to remove my drums and turn the adjusters so I knew which way. I made a diagram of each wheel showing the direction to turn them. At some time in the past my cylinders were replaced and NOT with the correct orientation... Not TOO confusing, but a pain nonetheless.

Howdy! I have found that most of the brake adjusters sold in parts stores are too fat to work very good. I went to BAP and got one for a VW and it works much better. John
 
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Besides a stubby screw driver I found a brake adjusting tool at a local auto parts store that has a bend that allows it to work around the steering linkage. It was too wide for the slots so I ground on it until it fit.

I did the same thing and it worked very well for me
 

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