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If you can spin the drum that means the brake shoes are not tight to the drum so just take a hammer or dead blow and hit the drums a few time that should loosen it up. You can use bolts to push it out but I can't remember what size they were off my head, I know a 12mm socket will fit over it.

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There should be an adjustment for the drum brakes that you can back off to help get the drums off. All of the American cars that I have worked on had a slot on the lower end of the drum brake backing plate. The first step is to grow two additional hands because you will need them, or at least borrow someone to hold the light while you poke around through that tiny slot. Push the brake adjuster off of the star wheel with a narrow screwdriver or rod, and turn the star with another screwdriver so that it backs off on the brake adjustment. If it gets tighter, turn it back the other way until the drum gets loose enough to take it off. If you are taking the shoes off, take a photo before disassembling so you know how it goes back together.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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    The Pathfinder is a rear wheel drive, so the wheel bearings are inside the axle. No repacking of bearings or torquing needed. The drum just slips over the studs sticking out of the end of the axle shaft.

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    disorientate Dec 22, 2012

    i am having a problem with the same model car. Just my problem is getting the drum back on over the shoe. Why would this be? And how can i fix it?


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Outer drum goes over the studs (your bolts)
You have to loosen something else.
Bit more difficult. On my old Mazda this was loosening the bearing.
Beware of contamination and re-adjusting bearing play and right amount of torque to be applied. Once you get there replace the shoes if far gone brush all out, etc. and apply some grease to let pads travel. Bet is still the same. As first timer at least buy a manual with drawings or pics.

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