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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 06-01-2008, 11:54 AM
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Rear brake drum adjustment

I have an '84 318i with drum brakes in the rear. There is quite a bit of brake pedal travel when I stop, so I figured I need to adjust the rears (already did a front end brake job).

The Chilton manual says that there are adjustment screws on the backing plate but I cannot locate these.

The brake shoes are not extremely worn so I don't believe just changing them out will completely solve the problem. Even with new brake shoes I would imagine I would have to slightly adjust them to ensure there isn't a lot of brake pedal travel.

Thanks for any help on this.
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:50 PM
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turn the drum until a wheel bolt hole is at the top then use a flashlight and look through, you should see a star wheel, thats the adjuster.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:55 AM
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Good luck..

I have tried that method, but on my 92 vert, it did NOT work.
I had to pull the rotor. No big deal then to adjust. Word.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:46 PM
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Same here, there's no adjuster with the lug bolt hole lined up at the top. So any ideas how I would adjust these?

There is a "bar" going across the bottom the of the drum assembly, just above the brake cylinder and going between the two brake shoes, almost as if to keep them apart. Would this be the adjuster, or at least serve as the adjuster in this case? Anyone else with an '84 318i with this problem?
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:21 PM
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the adjuster should (i mean should based off different vehicals) be about a quarter way up from the bottom in the middle of the dust plate thing. there will be a rubber piece that keeps debris out of the drums, pop that out and the adjuster is just within there.
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