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    I have a 1996 chevy k1500. I have replaced all of the cables. The brake shoes are new and everything works good. Problem is I cant get it adjusted so it will hold. When i get it to hold then the brakes are to tight. I have tryed adjusting the shoes and the cables cant seem to get the right combo for them to work right. Im not to bad with a wrench but i dont know if im missing something or what. Any help would be great.

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    No one out there has any advise? thoughts?

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    Sounds like you have an adjustment issue, can't tell what you aren't doing wrong, just keep working at it. You'll get it.
    I'd think you would start at the shoes/drum, get them dialed in so that they just touch/rub the drum when it's turning then backoff the adjuster wheel one notch.
    Don't touch the e-brake cable yet.
    Take it for a drive heavy brake forward, then heavy brake in reverse, several times. This should set the adjuster where it's needed for the shoes to the drums.
    Then adjust your cables from under the frame, not in the drums.
    You should be able to find a happy medium.
    YMMV.

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    What do you mean when i get it to hold the brakes are to tight?
    Are you saying ebrake pedal to tight ..will not push down?
    If so you need more slack.. in cable.
    Maybe what your saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipstick View Post
    What do you mean when i get it to hold the brakes are to tight?
    Are you saying ebrake pedal to tight ..will not push down?
    If so you need more slack.. in cable.
    Maybe what your saying.
    When i get the e brake to hold the regular brakes drag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_Anderson View Post
    Sounds like you have an adjustment issue, can't tell what you aren't doing wrong, just keep working at it. You'll get it.
    I'd think you would start at the shoes/drum, get them dialed in so that they just touch/rub the drum when it's turning then backoff the adjuster wheel one notch.
    Don't touch the e-brake cable yet.
    Take it for a drive heavy brake forward, then heavy brake in reverse, several times. This should set the adjuster where it's needed for the shoes to the drums.
    Then adjust your cables from under the frame, not in the drums.
    You should be able to find a happy medium.
    YMMV.
    I'll try doing it just like that. Thanks.

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    Not no understand..if ebrake is set brakes will drag..as you call it ???

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