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Removal of Rear Brake Drum on 2004 Chevy Aveo

How do you remove the rear barke drum on a 2004 Chevy Aveo. It looks a though you have to remove a large nut that holds the drum and breaing on the shaft. It this all you have to remove to get the drum off? Does the snap ring have to be removed under the nut to get the drum off? Is there anyway to adjust the brakes with the drum on to make the removal easier? My brakes are wore into my drums making removal difficult. I assume once I get the drum off the rest will be fairly easy to figure out. If you know if any other tricks or things to avoid on rear barkes for this car, I would apprecaite any guidence.

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1.Release parking brake.
2. Apply the brake pedal at least 10 times.
3. Raise and support vehicle with jack stands, etc.
4. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
5. Remove the lock ring and the caulking nut from the spindle.
6. Remove the drum from the spindle.
Note: Pull the drum straight off the spindle.

There is an opening on the inside for adjusting the tension,It's under a rubber cap.You can use a screw driver to make the adjustment

Posted on May 13, 2009

  • bigalou May 11, 2011

    lock ring and nut are one peice that is removed with a 1 1/2" socket.

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The First 6 or so months of production the drums are heldon by a large nut and the drum and bearings are one piece unless you have a press. It will be a little tough to get off and a slide hammer does wonders.

Posted on Jul 04, 2010

  • David Sutherland Jun 06, 2013

    I love your use of a slide hammer acting as a puller. I have use them many times in the machinist trade. Although I haven't yet tried to take the culprit apart, I am getting the imnpression that a slide hammer will be very useful. Thanks for the reminder. Also, if nothing else works, there is alway a bigger hammer. lol!

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The middle hub is for the axle! This does NOT hold the drum on. The drum has a hole in the middle that sits on the hub nut. The drum will pull off. You can use a rubber mallet or 2-5lb hand-held sledge to knock it loose.

Posted on May 13, 2009

  • losfomot Jul 09, 2013

    forrest_knol is correct. On my 2004 Aveo the drum has the bearings seated inside it. You MUST take the hub nut off to take the brake drum off.

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