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Rear brakes how do I release spring in the rear brakes a a chevrolet malibu. problem: I can't pull the drum off.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    u have to use the adjuster (oval Hole) at the backing plate and back the brake shoes adjustment off with a brake adjuster spoon tool..


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Adjusting rear brakes

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Jul 12, 2014 | 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

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Release hand brake. Pull it again. While feeling for the normal tension have an assistant listen at the rear wheels to see if the brakes are moving and releasing when you release the hand brake. Possible causes:
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How to change rear barke shoes

Brake Drums & Brake Shoes Removal & Installation To Remove:
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  1. Raise and safely support rear of vehicle.
  2. Release parking brake.
  3. Remove rear wheel assemblies. NOTE: If brake drum is stuck, install two 8 mm bolts into threaded holes and tighten evenly.
  4. Remove top return spring, front and rear shoe spring clips and hold-down pins.
  5. Remove anti-rattle spring and adjuster spring. NOTE: Note position of operating lever prior to removal.
  6. Remove bottom return spring.
  7. Remove clip and washer and detach parking brake cable from rear shoe.
  8. Remove brake shoes.
To Install:
  1. Lubricate all brake shoe contact points with appropriate grease.
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  3. Install rear brake shoe and connect parking brake cable to rear shoe with washer and clip.
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  5. Install hold-down pins and spring clips.
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Jan 21, 2011 | 2003 Kia Spectra

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How do i back off the rear brakes to remove the drum on my 2003 cheverolet malibu

on the backside of the drum there is a hole that you put a flat head screw driver in there and keep working the wheel down and it will release the brakes make sure you use jack stands not a jack so dont get hurt hope this helps

Sep 12, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Malibu

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Replaced rear drum brakes on 98 chevy cheyenne k1500 and brakes worked fine but e brake seemed way too tight, i didnt want to even try but my father in-law said aww its suppose to be that way so he pressed...

check the cable, if its corroded, rusted, the spring in the drum isnt strong enough to pull the cable back, to release the brake. You may need a new cable for the drivers side.

Sep 06, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet K1500

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Our 2000 Malibu has been sitting for a while (few weeks) with the parking brake on. The reason we weren't driving it is because we needed to get the brakes done. We attempted to move it today and it won't....

Make sure the parking brake pedal is in the released position and manually go to the rear brakes and pull on the cables themselves sometimes they will release this way. If you remove the rear wheels sometimes tapping around the drum with a ball peen hammer will cause the levers to release. Most of the time one of these two methods usually work. Also you can try spraying the cables with penetrating oil where the cables run through the drums.

Jul 20, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Malibu

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Dodge Stratus-1999.I do not have the owners manual for this car. Rear drum-brakes with half-moon adjusters and small springs. How do these adjusters work.and how the small springs are important?...

Try backing up and pulling the emergency brake until the car stops, to adjust the brakes.This works on some cars....not for sure on yours.

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Is the emergency brake on a 2005 malibu maxx lt a disc or drum brake

The emergency brake is just a cable that runs to the rear brakes of the car to actuate the rear brakes, so what ever your rear brakes are.

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How to replace rear brake drums and shoes on a 1999 chevy malibu

The easiest way to do it is to follow the service manual step by step. If you don't have one the next easiest thing to do is raise both rear wheels off the ground and remove them. Use one side as a model while you replace the other side. The drums are easy, they simply slide off. When you bring the car into the garage or whereever you're going to do it make sure you let the car roll to a stop without applying the brakes, this will allow the drums to push the shoes away so the drum can be slid off. The springs are a bit of a pain in the rear so that's why you use one side as a model.

You'll also need a drum brake spring tool to make the job easier. Any auto parts store will have one. You can also search youtube for replacing rear drum brakes and you can watch a few videos so you know what to expect.

Sep 26, 2009 | 1999 Chevrolet Malibu

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