How do I remove the rear brake drums on a 1998 Plymouth Voyager ?
I want to replace the rear brake shoes on my 1998 Plymouth Voyager minivan. I can't seem to get the drums off. THere are 2 access slots in the back of the wheel but it seems neither has the star adjuster located there. Am I missing it or is it somewhere else?And once I find it, which way do I turn the adjuster to get the wheel off? Thanx for any help, this seems easy enough but this is my first attempt.
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You're lacking some info about this issue. Who replaced the brake pads?
It sounds like they may have been incorrectly installed.
Another thing... You say "brake pads" but say nothing about the brake shoes. This leads me to believe that the front pads were changed and the rear brake shoes were not.
If you do not know how to change them yourself, go to a reputable place to get them checked. Be specific about your problem and have them check the front rotors and brake pads and the rear brake shoes and the drums.
It is quite possible that the rear drums need to be replaced or turned. Drums and rotors are fairly inexpensive so I would consider replacing them BOTH.
With a little more info, I'm sure someone here could help more
first adjust the actual brake shoes in both rear drums. if not enough you will have to adjust the parking cable located under the van on driver`s side.i believe a 15mm wrench and vise-grips will do the job
have a star adjusting brake wrench to loosen the star adjusting wheel
that will retract the brake shoes which are holding the drums from coming off. the wear from the brakes leaves an outer edge untouched on the drum causing the shoe to become stuck in place. If this has over 60000 mile since last replaced a hammer will be needed to pound the drums off for new drums will be needed I know from all the miles of wear on them. They will be too far gone to reuse and to have machined down
No, after the tire is remove you are free to remove the brake drum, you will have to tap on the drum with a hammer and a little wiggle, some take a little more force than others, but it is nothing holding it on that need to be removed
there are 2 or 3 plugs a side on the vehicle. the adjusted can be seen through the top center one not ether of he side one(s). it is above the bolts that hold the hub to the axle, and just below the wheel cylinder fitting/bleed screw.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
Remove the rear wheels.
Remove the drums.
Remove the automatic adjuster spring and lever.
Remove the hold-down clips and pins.
Rotate the automatic adjuster starwheel enough so both shoes move out far enough to be free of the wheel cylinder boots.
Disconnect the parking brake cable from the actuating lever.
Remove the lower shoe to shoe spring.
With the shoes held together by the upper shoe to shoe spring, remove them from the backing plate.
Kelsey Hayes rear brake assembly (left side shown)Exploded view of the drum brake assembly—2004 model shown
GOODLUCK, shoes for this car ~ 15 bucks at auto zone.