I have a 2003 Focus, the basic model, and I have drums on the rear (brakes). My problem is the drums don't want to come off. Is there anything holding them on? If not, then they're probably just rusted/stuck and I'll beat on them with a mallet for a while. I already tried that for about 5-10 minutes and didn't get anywhere. I don't see any kind of retaining screws or clips, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks for your time.
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I read some comments about the rear brakes. Some of the base models have drums on the rear and they have a tricky brake expander on the top. Also some drums come with bearings installed and some do not. Last, the shoes may have a thick and thin shoe on each axle side. This may be because the Emergency brake needs thicker shoes. Old time front shoes had a long and short shoe with I believe the long shoe rearward.
As some people had trouble obtaining the correct set of shoes, finding the adjusters and returning them to zero; it is possible that the Emergency brake reel needs to be released to let the E brake cable to return to its fullest length. This would let the rear shoes have the most room for adjustment and retract them.
Many speak of 2 hours minimum for this project. With bearings needing to be installed in cheaper drums and more than 1 brake shoe called for, this may be a fitting project for a Professional.
Ford Focus rear drums are held on by a nut in the middle remove the cap in the center and then remove the nut, new drums come with the bearing as well. IMPORTANT NOTE! ABS PICKUP NOT INCLUDED ON NEW DRUMS MUST BE REUSED FROM OLD DRUM.
most likely the brake cables have seized up- it is best just to change them, if you do get the handle to move it may cause the brake to stick on and will warp and ruin your back brakes-best way to tell is to disconect the cable from the rear drums, which involves taking the rear drums and bearings off.hope this helps and good luck
the rear drums on a focus are a pain to do,you have to remove the four bolts behind it and the drum will come off with a few taps of a hammer, the trouble is the bolts are hard to get to,you will need a 13mm socket and lots of extension bars. Be careful not to damage the brake pipes because they are very close to the bolts.good luck.
if you have rear disc brakes all you have to do is take the two bolts off and lift the caliper off and pull the pads out but now if you have drums there is a rubber boot behind the whole drum assembly take it out use a screw driver or a brake tool to back off the tension of the shoes