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Re: Rear drum removal
You will literally have to take a rubber mallet and beat on them all the way around until they work themselves loose enough to remove them by hand. You won't damage them as long as you use a rubber mallet.
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It's really pretty simple. Jack the truck up and rest it on jackstands on the frame of the truck. Remove the wheels, brake calipers "if it's disc brakes drums if it's drum brakes" remove the brake cable from the park brake assembly, remove the brake fluid lines from the wheel cylinders if it's drum brakes, remove the bolts holding the driveshaft to the rear yoke, remove the bolts holding the rear end to the leaf springs while the rear end is supported with the jack and then slowly let the jack down.... It's out!
REMOVING REAR BRAKE DRUM SUB-ASSEMBLY
1. Release the parking brake and remove the rear
If the rear brake drum cannot be removed easily,
do the following:-
2.Remove the hole rubber and insert a screwdriver
through the hole into the backing plate, and hold the
automatic adjust lever away from the adjuster.
3.Using another screwdriver, contract the brake shoe
by turning the adjuster.
4. Take out the brake drum from the flange.
5. remove the shoe hold down spring cup, shoe hold down spring, pin and front side brake shoe.
6. Remove the tension spring. Remove the shoe return spring from the rear brake shoe and remove the parking brake shoe strut set.
7. Remove the shoe holding spring cup, shoe hold spring, pin and rear brake shoe.
8. separate the parking brake cable.
9. Remove the automatic adjust lever tension spring and remove the automatic adjust lever.
10. remove the C-washer and remove the parking brake shoe lever.
NOTE: Do not use any solvent like gasoline to wash the brake parts.
Always wear safety goggles and mask before using compressed air.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
Raise the vehicle.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Rear tire and wheel assembly
Brake drum retaining clips (if equipped).
NOTE: If the drum does not come off, further brake clearance can be obtained by backing off the brake automatic adjuster screw. Remove the rubber plug from the top of brake support plate. Rotate the automatic adjuster screw in an upward motion, using a screwdriver. To Install:
Yes, Undo the 32mm nut, first.
And, don't get the bearings dirty with dust from the brake drums, or , if you do, replace the inner and outer bearings with new greased up ones.REAR DRUM BRAKES Brake Drums REMOVAL & INSTALLATION CAUTION Brake linings contain asbestos. Asbestos is a known cancer-causing agent. When working on brakes, remember that the dust which accumulates on the brake parts and/or in the drum contains asbestos. Always wear a protective face covering, such as a painter's mask, when working on the brakes. NEVER blow the dust from the brakes or drum.
Raise the vehicle and support safely.
Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
On vehicles without rear bearing hub, remove the dust cap, cotter pin, nut lock, wheel bearing nut and washer from the spindle. Remove the outer wheel bearing. Remove the drum with the inner wheel bearing from the spindle. If the drum is difficult to remove, remove the plug from the rear of the backing plate and push the self adjuster lever away from the star wheel. Rotate the star wheel to retract the shoes. Remove the grease seal.
If equipped with a rear bearing hub, remove the drum by removing the retainer screws from the drum and pulling the drum from the hub assembly. If the drum is difficult to remove, remove the plug from the rear of the backing plate and push the self adjuster lever away from the star wheel. Rotate the star wheel to retract the shoes.
On vehicles equipped without rear bearing hub, lubricate and install the inner wheel bearing. Install a new grease seal. Install the drum to the spindle. Lubricate and install the outer wheel bearing, washer and nut. Adjust the bearing preload following the procedure outlined in the "Rear Wheel Bearing'' of this section. When the bearing preload is properly set, install the nut lock and a new cotter pin. Install the grease cap.
On vehicles with rear bearing hub, install the brake drum to the hub assembly and install the retaining screws.
Install the wheel and tire assembly. Adjust the rear brakes as required.
Apply the brakes until a firm pedal is obtained, prior to moving the vehicle.
don't have topaz. maybe escort will help guide you.
Section 04-02: Suspension and Wheel Hubs, Rear
1996 Escort, Tracer Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Wheel Bearing and Hub Assembly
NOTE: Wheel bearings are not serviceable and should therefore be replaced as an assembly with the wheel hub (1104).
Raise and support the vehicle.
Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
Remove the hub grease cap (1131) from the wheel hub.
If equipped with disc brakes, remove the rear disc brake caliper (2552) and rear disc brake rotor (2C026). Refer to Section 06-04 for the removal procedure.
If equipped with drum brakes, remove the two brake drum screws and the brake drum (1126).
Unstake the rear axle wheel hub retainer (4B477) securing the wheel hub to the rear wheel spindle (4A013). Remove and discard the rear axle wheel hub retainer.
The only trick is banging it off. Drums are known to be "frozen" on or stuck. Honestly, the only way to get them off when they are stuck is to carefully hammer it off. Below is what is required to remove and replace the drum....and a picture of your system:
Removal & Installation
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
Remove the wheels.
Remove the brake drum from the axle hub.
Install the brake drum.
Install the rear wheels, tighten the wheel lug nuts.
Jack up rear of car till tire is off the ground.
Remove lug nuts & remove wheel.
Remove phillips screw(s) from drum.
Using a hammer, strike the drum to loosen it from the hub.
Remove drum by simutaneously turning it and pulling it outward away from the vehicle.
i think your aware of how to change the brakes if im right and your problem is the rusted drum doesnt want to come off the only way to get the old drum off is to remove adjuster plug from behind drum dustshield and adjust the shoes so that there not even close to the braking area of the drum then try and wiggle the drum off of the assembly if it is not coming off then you need to use the old nylon hammer on the drum and i mean you must hit the drum from side to side trying by hand to wiggle the drum off its a tight fit and you need to strike the drum on the face not on the fins not wanting to damage with persistance and care and patience you will eventually be able to remove the drum to service brakes take care and good luck with it