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Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Near San Antonio, TX
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OK, so that self-adjuster is supposed to be on the backing plate side of the star wheel adjuster. I think it is not in correct position, though, because it is floppy in there and was sitting below the access port. Also, I saw what I think is another part of that self-adjuster when it is below the port, to the rear there is the part of that adjuster that has a hole that either a pin fits into or a spring connects to. In any event, I believe it has been thrown out of position and loose. Something defiintely wrong in there.
I'm assuming from the access port, that the star wheel is rotated downwards to retract the shoes, regardless if it is LH or RH, correct?
I also tried to remove the RH side drum by turning two bolts into the two threaded holes in the drum to force it off, but as the drum was almost flush with the tips of the lug bolts, the two bolts stripped as it was very tight. Can't get that drum off, but I at least got it to the tips of the lug bolts. With this LH side I can't get it to budge. I did look in the access port for the RH and it looks more normal with the self adjuster right there, so I'm pretty sure the self-adjuster on the LH side is messed up and out of position as I mentioned above. That RH backing plate is real difficult to get my head up in there as the spare tire and some other stuff are blocking me from doing that, so I can't take a look in there very well. This is where I wish I had a lift instead of just using jack stands.
I won't be working again on this until Monday afternoon. Thanks for the diagram, which does show the self-adjuster.
If it makes any difference, my truck is not 4x4, and it is a Japan built truck. 4 spd standard transmission.
If anybody comes up with any bright ideas, I woud appreciate it.
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