Question about 2004 Toyota Matrix
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Pull the tire off. Once the tire is off look at the drum where the studs come out and you wheel see a locking ring around one of the studs. When you find it cut it off. I usually use diagonal cutting pliers to take them off. Once you have done this the drum will not just slip off usually. I would get a soft face hammer and tap around the drum hard enough to brake it loose. While you are tapping on the drum use you free hand and start trying to pull the drum off. If it is still stuck on there you can get a big screwdriver and put it in between the drum and axel Assembly and turn the screwdriver. Dont pry on anything just turn the screwdriver so that the drum will slide straight back and off.
Posted on Dec 23, 2009
You do need to have a spring compressor. Get the McPherson spring compressor. It is a must. You can rent them at O'reillys auto parts, Kragen, maybe Auto Zone. To get a better understanding on how to change it out, I recommend a chilton 95-97 Camary Manual. Now I can't remember the exact tools you need but the ones I can remember are 22mm socket, 14mm socket, 12mm socket, for the 2 large stubborn bolts I had to impact drill them, and with that 12mm socket don't forget to take the brake line off the strut. When you jack up the car try using its stock jack stand if you dont want to bend the running bars underneath where you jack it up as the car is a unibody jacking it up too high will lift the cars whole side and you only need to jack it enough to take the tire off. The back struts require you to take out your back seat which are also easy to take out.
To remove the rear seat here a link, its on a 2000 but should be generally the same. I learn better with pictures anyway, hope this helps!
Posted on Jun 30, 2011
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