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Since we don't know what car you're trying to remove the drum from, this is a pretty generic answer. Remove the wheel, and the drum most likely will come off without any further un-bolting. Most are held on by the wheels.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015


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SOURCE: Seized rear brake drum on a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500

loosen emergency brake both wheel cylinder and let fluid run as you pry gently side to side in between drum adn shoe through backing plate /drum area to collapse the shoes some..... use wd40 or quality rust buster at center of drum /axle area to loosen grip of rust fused metal at hub to drum ..tap tap with hammmer around circumference of drum to dislodge adn loosen shoes from drum and drum from axle..good luck.. be patient work slowly

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SOURCE: Having difficulty removing rear brake drum on 2003 Suzuki Aerio.

Yes the phillips head screws have to be removed, on some models there are two more holes in the face of the drum to insert threaded bolts to remove the drum, simply thread the bolts in to remove the drum.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

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SOURCE: I removed the rear wheel

The holes are toward the center of the drum, about 4 inches apart. they don't look like much and are easy to overlook. Check your repair manual. On some front wheel drives (undriven rear wheels) you take the axle nut off and pull the hole drum and hub assembly. Some of these are not ment to have their hubs separated from the brake drum. If You don't have a repair manual I would recommend you pick up one. The ones you can get at your local auto parts store are not to expensive and cover the things that you and I may be trying to do on our own.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Is there a trick to removing rear brake drums on a

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

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Remove the wheels.
  3. Remove the brake drum from the axle hub.
To install:
  1. Install the brake drum.
  2. Install the rear wheels, tighten the wheel lug nuts.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009

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SOURCE: procedure for removing rear brake drums on a 1998

First off make sure that they spin freely and the brake is dragging on it. Otherwise you will have to back off the rear brake shoes. To do that there should be a rubber plug in the face of the drum. Remove that and put that hole on the very top and use a light to see inside. There should be a round piece that looks like a gear and a piece of metal that goes across the teeth of this gear. Using to small flat head screwdrivers lift up the metal piece off the gear and then spin the gear until you back off the parking shoes. Then if you can't get the drums off by hitting the face of the drum with a hammer there are 2 holes next to 2 of the wheel studs. These holes should be threaded. You can put bolts in these and the size bolts you need is 8x1.25 metric. Tighten these down until you feel pressure on the hub and then hit it with the hammer again and keep repeating retightening and hitting it until it comes off.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010

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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

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