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Brake repair(removing rear drums)

If you ever come across a brake drum that won't come off with ease, here's an easy technique to remove it.First off make sure that the screws are removed from the face of the drum if there are any in it.(Left to remove, right to tighten.) Next take a heavy sledge and shock the front side face of the drum and do this around the whole entire face until you can wiggle it off.This makes it much easier to remove.

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How can I remove the rear drum of my Suzuki Alto to service the break pads? It is the model before thr recent one.

if the vehicle has rear drums then you are technically servicing brake shoes not pads..However the most conventional way is whacking the drum with a hammer this creates a shock that pops the drum back and loose from the shoes..>make sure the parking brake is off before you attempt to remove the drums..some of the newer vehicles have two holes that are threaded right in front of the drum for those you insert two screws matching that pitch thread ..screw them in equal amounts at a time until the drum pops off...But the most common way is the first mentioned

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What is the secret to removing the rear brake drums from a 2004 Saturn Vue?

Once you have the rear wheels removed and the back of the vehicle safely supported, then inspect the drum.If there is (there might not be) shiny brass looking phillips head screw bolts on the face of the drum, then remove those by turning them counterclockwise.If there is no screws, or you already removed them, then your next step is to take a fairly heavy hammer( at least a 2lb ) a firmly hit the face of the drum to shock it loose from the hub assembly.Be careful not to hit the studs , you can damage them.Keep on with the forceful hits on the face of the drum, and alternate the hits across from each other on the face of the drum.Make sure your parking brake is not set and the drum can come off...I hope I could help!!! Rate me accordingly...Thanks.

Jun 11, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Aveo

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Ok you've some of what I would do, but try this. First AGAIN spray with a good penetating oil, the hub, the lug studs, now a rubber is going to do less than nothing. Take a GOOD size METAL hammer ( would use a 5lb sledge ) and LIGHTLY tap the BACK edges ( edge closest to shock absorber ) True hitting the drum too hard can cause damage. You have to be gentle but strong. If it still didn't move ( you better have removed any clips on the studs :) I would take a BIG flat blade screwdriver between the drum and brake backing plate, and kind of persude that drum with my hammer, while pry it off. Hope this helps

Apr 11, 2009 | 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Rear Wheel Bearings - Diagram

It would help a lot if I knew what kind of vehicle you have!!! If you have a vehicle with a rear differential, the diff cover must be removed. You will find a small bolt on the left side of the carrier that retains a large pin that goes through the spider gears. To remove axle, remove that small bolt, slide the pin out, then push the axle in. Remove the "c" clip on the axle end and slide axle out. DO NOT turn diff after removing pin or spider gears will fall out. Sometimes the small bolt is sheared off & when you remove it the end remains in the carrier. If this happens, you need to drill (very small bit) it out & remove with easy out or other removal tool.
If these instructions don't apply to what you have, it's because you did not say what you are working on!!!

Mar 14, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Tracker

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2000 chevy cavalier back brake drums

simple enough question first off chalk the front tires jack up the back end put your jackstands under there pull your rear tires if you don't have a impact remeber to loosen your lugs a quarter turn before you lift it off the ground remove rear tires now some drums come from the factory wilh a clip on the studs (an oh jesus clip) pop off with a screw driver some cars as well will have a adujstment hole on the back but if i remeber corretly the cavs dont have one Just incase it does it would be a small capsul shaped rubber plug you would have to pull out then you would use a flat tip screw driver or brake adjusting spoon to back the brakes off if it clicks loudly and is a little resistant to turn your going the right way (OH and by the way make sure the park break is off) If you dont have an adjustment hole its as simple as getting a small ball peen hammer and smacking the front of the drum a few times to get it to break loose from the hub and then lightly tapping around the edges of the drum to drive it outward once again make sure your park break is on

Jan 22, 2009 | 2005 Chevrolet Aveo

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