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Old 07-21-2017, 06:20 PM   #1
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Question Drum Brake Adjuster Kit Question

Hi all. Working on my '97 SW1's drum brakes. The old adjuster mechanisms are very rusty so I want to replace them. Is there a specific brand I should get or will the universal adjuster kits at the auto store work just fine? I also noticed that the adjuster kits for each side of the vehicle have an "L" and an "R" stamped on the adjuster hardware. Do these letters denote the side of the vehicle or the thread direction?

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Old 07-21-2017, 06:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: Drum Brake Adjuster Kit Question

Universal adjuster kits are fine. Yes the L is left R is right.

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Old 07-21-2017, 06:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: Drum Brake Adjuster Kit Question

And the thread direction is opposite on each. I sure hope the one marked "R" has the RH thread, as well as being intended for the right side...

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Default Re: Drum Brake Adjuster Kit Question

So I should put the adjuster stamped "L" on the left side of the car (driver side) and the one stamped "R" on the right side (passenger side)?

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Old 07-21-2017, 07:37 PM   #5
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So I should put the adjuster stamped "L" on the left side of the car (driver side) and the one stamped "R" on the right side (passenger side)?
Correct.

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Old 07-21-2017, 07:56 PM   #6
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Default Re: Drum Brake Adjuster Kit Question

Definitely get both, and if you have not get a hardware kit for the rear as well. Also put a little high temp grease on the threads of the adjuster while you are at it.

Good call on getting these parts; they definitely take some of the aggravation out of doing drum brakes.

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