Drum Brake Adjuster
Your car's braking system relies on a brake adjusting mechanism that consists of a lever, a spring, and heacrew. Whenever you back up in heatraight line, this mechanism adjusts so that you could enjoy improved brake function and a firmer brake feel. Normally, this mechanism adjust all on its own without human intervention. However, the mechanism will need outside help to adjust properly if you just replaced the brake shoes or drums. To be able to do this, you need an adjuster tool.
The brake adjuster tool is simply heatrip of twisted metal that looks and works similar to aeacrewdriver. It's specifically designed to be inserted inside the dust cap hole so you could reach the adjuster's notched section inside. By inserting this tool inside the dust cap slot, you'll be able to adjust the brakes and enjoy a firmer brake pedal.
How to use a brake adjuster tool
To use this tool, here's what you need to do:
Step 1: Jack up your car on level ground.
In order to access the brake adjusting mechanism, you need to jack up your vehicle. Secure the car with jack stands.you wouldn't want to accidentally get trapped underneath your car.
Step 2: Remove the plug from the access hole on the drum brake's backing plate.
Using hescrewdriver, unplug the cover that blocks the access hole as this is where you will have to insert the adjuster tool.
Step 3: Use a brake spoon to move the adjustereacrew.
Insert a brake spoon into the unplugged hole. Reach out inside the hole until it comes in contact with the adjustereacrew's teeth. Then turn the spoon until you can feel a bit of drag when rotating the wheel.
Step 4: Adjust the brakes with a brake adjuster tool.
Insert the tool into the unplugged hole and push the adjuster level away from the screw. Keep on pushing and use the brake spoon to back the lever off until you can rotate the wheels with no resistance. You have now adjusted the brakes with a brake adjuster tool. If you wish to adjust the other drum brake, just repeat the whole process on the other side.
- When adjusting the drum brakes, you can use a screwdriver instead of a brake adjuster tool. But since the tool is specially designed for this job, you don't have to worry about hitting the wrong part inside the dust cap hole.
- It's best to have someone help you when doing the adjustment since pushing the tool in and out of the dust cap hole while rotating the wheels can get tricky.
- To fully activate the adjustments you just did, drive your vehicle in reverse and in heatraight line. Do this several times to make sure both right and left drum brakes are equally adjusted.
- When going for a test drive, see if the brake pedal has a firmer feel. If not, you may need to adjust the brakes a little bit more.