Having difficulty removing rear brake drum on 2003 Suzuki Aerio.
This is the first time I have worked on the rear brakes. There is a phillips head screw showing on the outside drum face. Does it have to be removed before the drum will slide off. Some rust showing around the axle hub where the drum attaches so have sprayed it with penetrating oil.
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Re: Having difficulty removing rear brake drum on 2003...
Yes the phillips head screws have to be removed, on some models there are two more holes in the face of the drum to insert threaded bolts to remove the drum, simply thread the bolts in to remove the drum.
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No do not drive this vehicle ,its a tandem system so the brakes will not fail ,now if this is a manual vehicle then you can drive it to the bodyshop slowly using the engine and gears as a brake to slow down but a auto version then no way would i advise you to drive this vehicle
Remove the parking brake lever cover screws and loosen the brake cable locking nut.
Install 2, 8mm bolts into the brake drum holes and uniformly tighten each bolt. Tighten each bolt until the brake drum is removed from the vehicle. If there is difficulty in removing the drum, insert a small tool through the hole in the rear of the backing plate, and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjuster. Using another narrow, flat tool at the same time, reduce the brake shoe adjuster by turning the adjusting wheel.
If the drum is difficult to pull off using the bolts mentioned above, the parking brake is most likely the cause and will have to be adjusted "IN" to prevent drum to shoe contact.