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Re: can't get at rear brakes on 2002 Chevy Cavalier
You can apply heat with a propane torch in the center of the drum which helps it expand away from the hub.it should have an adjuster wheel in the slot . Maybe you lost it.....While applying heat, pound the drum with a rubber mallet on the front of the drum. the vibration should help pull it off. if worse comes to worse you can use a drum puller. it is basically a big puller that you place around the edges of the drum and tighten a bolt that goes in the middle. but it can be removed. One way or another.
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manually adjust the rear brakes up to just touching the drums the drums .en turning the drum a very slight scrape would be about right. Adjust both sides evenly. I hope that you assembled the brake shoes correctly
Make sure emergency brake is release. If it still. There should be two hole about 3/16" to 1/4" diameter on the drom surface. Use two 3" long bolt make sure it fit the hole's tread then screw in both hole enenly. It'll bring the drum out. Or there is not hole. Then use rubber mullet (Rubber hammer) hit from the inside edge evenly (Or top/bottom). It should be able to come out.
First, make sure the Ebrake is completly realesed. Next, try turning the drum back and forth while
pulling on it. If the easy way won't work, there may be a deep ridge in the drum surface.
Now, remove the 2 rubber plugs on the back of the brake backing plate, look into the drum with a
flashlight and locate the brake adjuster star wheel. You'll need a brake spoon and a thin 4" screw driver, if you don't have a brake spoon, another screwdriver will do. In the front of the adj. wheel is
the adjuster bar, it's job is to keep the adj wheel from turning in the direction you're going to turn it.
Use the thin 4" screwdriver to push the bar away from the star wheel and with the other turn the wheel from the bottom up at least 5 or 6 good turns or more then tap arround the drum again to
help the springs retract the shoes and remove the drum. Hope this is helpful.
emergency brake on? If so release it the brake shoes should release the drum.
Second option is to spray some WD40 on the threads next to the drum and replace
the wheel putting the lug nuts on finger tight. Lower the vehicle and slowly
drive forward for a couple of feet and slam on the brakes, then do the same in
reverse. Raise the vehicle and remove the wheel and see if the drum is loose or
give the drum a couple of whacks with a rubber hammer.
Remove the tire, and on the back of the backing plate, you will see a slot which may or may not have a rubber plug in it. Look inside, and you will see a wheel with teeth on it. Using a screwdriver, pry up or down on this wheel to loosen it. If the drum quits turning, then you're tightening it. Once it's loosened enough, the drum will pull right off. Often times, the brakes are worn enough that the drum will come off anyways. On occasion, especially if it's been sitting a long time, the drum may require a couple of blows from a rubber hammer, or a regular hammer using a block of wood to deaden it if you don't have a rubber hammer in order to break the rust loose. You use this same method for rear wheel drive GM vehicles all the way up to now that utilize drum brakes.
You can go to Alldata online. The web site has the information you are looking for.
The back side of the drum for the rear brakes there is a little whole covered by a rubber cap.
I would remove the rubber cap. The inside of the brake drum there is a gear called a star gear. You need to take a flat tip screw driver and move the star gear so the tension is taken off the pads. Then you have to pry off the drum. IF this seems to difficult you should take the vehicle to a local mechanic for brake service.
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
Cause: The E-brake cable was binding up inside the drum causing the e-brake not to disengage - despite the handle being released inside the cab.
Solution: Look for 2 threaded holes in the drum. Insert two bolts and crank these bolts in. They will eventually work to push the drum off the wheel. Be careful to go slow and evenly (don't snap off the bolts!). Penetrating oil and mallet will help the process.