My 1998 Honda Civic Ex driver's side rear drum brakes make a "click click click" noise at low speeds only when brakes are applied.

All new hardware, shoes, and drums. Only thing not replaced are the backing plates.

Noticed when looking for anything that could be causing it that the shoe doesn't sit centered like the others. I can push it down but soon as brakes are applied it goes off center again (mating point slightly higher on the cylinder than the other shoes)

Any ideas why? I'm guessing this is causing the click noise as I don't see anything else it could be enter image description here

  • How loose were the shoes when you took the drum off? Did it come right off, or did you have to turn the adjuster off to loosen them up? My thinking is the shoes just need adjusting to take up excess slack. The slacks allowing the shoes to move more than they should when the brakes are applied. Sep 23, 2016 at 16:50
  • I've tried adjusting numerous times actually and at one point purposely made them tighter than they should be and the clicking actually got louder
    – ohmmy
    Sep 23, 2016 at 16:52
  • Does it make the same noise when braking in reverse? Sep 23, 2016 at 16:53
  • Never noticed it in reverse
    – ohmmy
    Sep 23, 2016 at 16:57
  • What is the make/model/year of the vehicle? Sep 23, 2016 at 17:25

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A warped drum could make a clicking noise but if started when you changed parts it seems like that's what started it. If you haven't done too many miles on the shoes you could try moving them around and seeing if the problem follows the shoe.

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