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Re: rear brake drums 1998 ford escort
Hi to remove the hob nut you need a large bar about two feet long and i think they are 30mm but you will need to replace them with new ones and torque them correctly or you will encounter problems theyalso have to be pinned when torqued it really is not a diy job
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Loosen the rear wheel nuts, raise the vehicle and support it on jack stands. Block the front wheels and remove the rear wheels from the vehicle. Remove the two screws that secure the brake drum. Grasp the brake drum and pull it off. If it won't come off, thread two bolts of the correct size and thread pitch into the two threaded holes near the hub of the drum, Tighten the bolts and the drum will be forced off the hub. [WARNING, the dust created by the brake system may contain asbestes, which is harmful to your health. Never blow it out with compressed air and don't inhale any of it. Wear a dust mask and spray liquid brake cleaner on the brake shoes to clean them].
The auto adjuster needs to be released! It should be a knurled nut or notched nut, turn it a bit to close the shoes! When you press the brake pedal after fitting hub and wheels they will automatically reset!
Try to adjust the rear brakes tighter at the shoes, if you have drum brakes. May require taking the drum off and adjusting the adjuster. Or, adjusting it from the backing plate access hole if there is one.
Be sure to check the cables to make sure they are not broken anywhere between the hand brake lever and the back brakes.
Hi, Removing the drums can be a little difficult if they are really worn and. have a large lip inside where the brake shoes have worn them down. Anyway here goes, loosen wheel nut/s slightly, raise the car and make safe by using an axle stand or similar then lower it so the wheel is off the ground. Remove all nut/s and take wheel to one side, you'll then see the whole of the drum, there should be 1 or 2 retaining Philips type screws between the locating holes for the wheel, these need to be removed possibly with an impact screwdriver if too tight. Once screws are out release the hand brake, hopefully the drum will rotate, try waggling it from side to side along it circumference pulling the drum towards you, it may move a few mm then lock? try using a very heavy rubber mallet to thump the outside edge of the drum whilst turning it. This hopefully will loosen the brake shoes holding the drum on you may need to keep doing this for a good while. If you have no success then try carefully doing the same with a copper/hide hammer. Still no joy then possibly the lip inside is too great meaning the drums maybe beyond their wear limit so a good belt with a heavy lump hammer is the only way. I hope this helped? please press the Blue button if happy with my FREE Efforts, Thank You! Paul 'W' U.K.
You need to get a bolt with the same diameter and thread pitch as the brake drumretaining screws. On my 1997 Escort that's an 8mm x 1.25 thread pitch bolt. The length should be about 12mm. or larger. Don't get a bolt that's longer than about 20mm. The bolt goes into a hole in the brake drum, bearing down on a plate inside the hub. You can't use a brake drum retaining screw because you need to be able to apply more torque to the fastener than could be safely applied to a jacked vehicle