I am continuing my brake repair. I had to replace the parking brake shoes too. The linings were essentially gone.
The driver’s side parking brake cable was disconnected from the parking brake lever so it was possible to install the brake shoes on the driver’s side. I got the cable connected to the parking brake lever on the driver’s side after taking the tension off the parking brake cable at the parking brake adjuster clip. On the passenger side the parking brake cable was still connected. After shortening the star adjuster to its shortest length I was still not able to assemble the brake shoes. I finally removed the passenger side parking brake cable from the parking brake lever and was able to assemble the parking brake. I cannot compress the spring on the parking brake rear cable enough to install the parking brake rear cable to the parking brake lever.
1. Installing the brake shoe retaining clip was very difficult. What is the best way to install these brake shoe hold down clips? Is there a special tool?
2. Do you have suggestions for compressing the parking brake rear cable spring so I can attach it to the parking brake lever? Is there a special tool for this application?
3. I do not have a brake adjusting gauge. What is the best way to adjust the brake shoe clearance? How about tightening the star wheel until the shoe touches the drum and then backing off eight notches? This was the procedure I used on my ’92 Crown Victoria.
4. Is it necessary to “bed the shoes to the drum” on the 02 Mercury? It was recommended in my ’92 Crown Victoria’ Haynes Repair manual