Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Find a clear open area like a driveway or a low traffic parking lot. Drive the car in reverse, going faster than you normally would. Then slam on the brakes. The spur gear will click and adjust your drums. I didn't believe it either the first time I heard it, but trust me, it works!
As for cleaning, it's easy. Buy a can of brake cleaner, jack up the car, remove the wheel and drum cover, and spray. Be generous, and make sure you're in an open, ventilated area as the fumes can be strong. You could apply some brake grease to certain key spots on the back plate to ensure the shoes don't rub up and jam (Avoid dropping grease on the friction material) After that's done, give a light sanding on the brake linings, reassemble, and call it a day. Simple as pie, and cheaper too.