I spent altogether too much time trying to adjust the
parking brakes on my '82 300CD last Saturday. I read
the directions in my Haynes manual, and I understand
the principle: remove a lug bolt, rotate the wheel about
45 degrees toward the front of the car to line the hole
up with the ratchet wheel, and turn the ratchet until
the wheel can't be moved by hand; then back it off two
or three clicks. Piece of cake.
This worked exactly as described on the right brake.
But I must've turned the ratchet wheel on the left
brake a hundred clicks in either direction from where
I started, and I never did get the shoes to seat against
the inside of the drum.
Which direction of the ratchet wheel is the tightening
direction? Is it the same from one side of the car to
the other, or are the brake assemblies mirror images of
each other? (You'd think this would've been described
explicitly in the damned Haynes manual, but noooo...)
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