Question about 1997 Volkswagen Jetta
I've taken everything off to get the drum off. It comes out about 1/2 inch and won't come off any further. It is not rusted and otherwise works fine. Just trying to do a brake job, check shoes etc. as maintenance. Any ideas what is keeping the drum from pulling off?
Inside the drum will be a wear ring and the shoes are almost certainly snagging on it. The 1/2" of movement that you have is the drum trying to pull the shoes off but they will only go so far because they are fixed to the back plate. I suspect the shoes have an auto adjuster to compensate for wear, you need to disengage the auto adjuster which will allow the shoes to return to their stops. The auto adjuster is unfortunately located inside the drum just under the slave cylinder which is at the top of the drum, releasing it usually involves poking a screwdriver through one of the bolt holes and flicking a lever to disengage the ratchet. Not so easy when you can't see the dammed thing and your not sure what it looks like! Let me know how you get on.
Posted on Dec 03, 2008
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