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1990 626 Mazda rear drum brakes

I don't know how to remove the drum on the rear breaks.
the Haynes manual has wrong photo & instructions.
(Haynes has photo of drum with four bolts attached) The replacement drum I purchased from Rock Auto has five holes for five bolts. The drum on my 1990 626 DX has five bolts. There is a large nut recessed in the center of the drum that may or may not be holding the drum in place. I don't want to remove this nut unless it is necessary to get the drum off. (My guess is that the nut is holding the axel berrings etc. in place & I'd rather not mess with that if not necessary).

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This "large nut" you are talking about is holding a drum. Usually over him is a cover. Use big screwdriver and hammer to remove cover, gently strike from all sides, and when you remove it you will approach to a big nut. Pay attention that under the drum is a whole breaks sistem. After you remove the nut gently strike from the rear, from all sides (left, right, up and down). Drum will fall off.

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