Hey Wrangler Forumers! I've had suspicions my rear brakes weren't working or at least weren't working well. I'd never worked on drum breaks before so i was a bit hesitant, but today i jumped into it and sure enough the adjuster cable on the driver side was not in the adjuster cable guide. I thought it'd be a quick fix, but found the cable seemed to long as placing it in the guide did not provide enough tension to the adjuster lever to the star adjustment. I thought perhaps the cable stretched and was in need of replacement. I went cheap bought just the cable not the hardware kit or spring kits available. I found the new cable had the same problem and seemed too long.
Next, I completely disassembled the drum hardware and springs and greased what needed greased and put everything back together. no change. (btw, i loosened the parking brake cable till it was slack at the beginning of the job.) My plan was to go by the replacement spring kit and replace the springs to see if that made a difference although it sure seems like the springs all have plenty of tension since they were such a PIMA to take off and put back. That was my plan till I found a suggestion on this forum that pressing the brake pedal would center the shoes and should be done through out the adjustment process. This sounds like what i need to happen to fix my problem with the star adjuster not being in contact with the adjustment lock/lever. If I manually 'moved' the brake and shoe assembly then every thing aligned the way i think it should; I just could not figure out how to get it to stay like that and started suspecting maybe one of the springs just wasn't pulling it's weight. Do you think pressing the brake pedal to center the shoes is the correct course of action? should i go ahead and replace the springs anyway? It's a pretty cheap purchase. If centering doesn't work, what else could be the problem here? I really like being able to stop. Thanks for any feedback.