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    Tadpole
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    Icon5 An Aussie Stuck in Scotland!

    Hello all, Im a new member to this forum and desperately need some Aussiefrog help! I have to admit that Im actually an Aircooled VW man normally, but I thought Id branch out while I was away!

    I have just bought a 1990 Peugeot 205 (1.6 litre Auto) in Scotland, but due to the brakes it is undrivable.

    Here is the deal...
    Its not leaking brake fluid from anywhere noticable.
    After bleeding, the pedal firmed up a miniscule amount.
    Firms up a touch more after pumping and starting the engine
    Fluid was very dirty and had black crap in it (v old)
    The servo, reservoir, everything looks fine
    Pads have much meat.

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    What i would really like to do is adjust the rear shoes, but after having a tinker, I have no idea how to do this. I believe it is the rear shoes, because to get it to stop, I had to adjust the hand brake a huge amount.

    But how do you do it? I could not find any adjusting or inspection holes behind the drum, or infront. Im guessing there must be a way to adjust the shoes but where is it?

    This is driving me CRAZY

    Thanks for the help
    Cheers
    Tnate

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    the rear shoes need adjusting. this will fix the pedal height.

    they have auto adjusters that seldom work. The salt over there wouldn't help.

    Undo the axle nut with a 32mm socket and withdraw the drum. It might need a puller if the rust is bad. Once the drum is off, you'll see the auto adjuster just beneath the wheel cylinder. Using a screw driver, pliers etc., rotate the screw so the shoes move further apart. Keep checking that the drum still fits. The shoes should rub lightly when adjusted correctly.

    '92 205 Mi16
    '90 Mi16x4

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    Thanks for that. It was exactly the info I needed

    Cheers
    Tnate

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    Default brake adjustment

    I note you have adjusted up the handbrake a long way.
    You must release this adjustment before you adjust the shoes as Peter T has described.
    Either disconnect the handbrake at the wheels, or back the handbrake
    adjuster right off.
    After you have adjusted the shoes and get a good pedal feel, then reconnect the handbrake and adjust it to work about halfway up so it doesnt put any tension on the levers when it is released.

    I have no idea of the setup in your model, but most drum brake auto-adjusters work either by handbrake application or when the vehicle is reversed.
    If they are not seized (which is quite likely) then a rapid and continuous application of the handbrake (say about 50 times) when stationary, may adjust up the shoes without pulling off the drums. Some cars will adjust by reversing slowly and tapping the brake pedal many times. In either case the handbrake must be loose at the time - it is the last thing to adjust up.
    Cheers.

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    Tadpole
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    Thanks for all the info, now my next question is....

    Since I have adjusted the handbrake till the bolt bottoms out, I am wondering whether this tells me that the rear shoes are absolutley shot. In my work on other cars this is usually the case, but as previously stated, I have never worked on a Peugeot before, and have no idea about these auto adjusters.

    Thanks
    Tnate

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    Hi,

    from memory when I did mine they were the same as those used on a Ford Escort/Fiesta if that helps. Its a simple ratchel affair that pushes the lower ends of the two shoes apart (as they wear).

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    Thanks for the info guys

    You sure got me going!

    Cheers
    Tnate


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