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Trying to remove rear brake drum cover,have already adjusted star wheel and still won't remove. what am i doing wrong? for a 93 plymouth grand voyager

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  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
  2. Remove the wheels and tire assemblies.
  3. Remove the brake shoe adjusting slot cover from the rear of backing plate.
  4. Insert a thin tool through the adjusting slot and hold the adjusting lever away from the star wheel.
  5. Insert an adjusting tool and back off the star wheel by prying downward with the tool.
  6. Remove the center hub dust cover, nut, washer, brake drum, hub and wheel bearings.
To install:
  1. Inspect the brake lining and drum for wear.
  2. Inspect the wheel cylinder for leakage. Service as required.
  3. Remove, clean, inspect and repack the wheel bearings.
  4. Install the brake drum and tighten the hub nut to 20-25 ft. lbs. (27-34 Nm), then back off the nut until bearing pressure is released.
  5. Retighten the nut finger tight, align the cotter pin hole and install the cotter pin.
  6. Adjust the rear brakes as described in the beginning of this section.

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Removing the rear drum adjusting hole cover plug

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Oct 07, 2009




    Backing off the adjuster star wheel






    Removing the dust cover from the axle stub






    Removing the cotter pin from the axle stub nut






    Removing the nut lock from the axle stub






    Removing the nut from the axle stub

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Oct 07, 2009




    Removing the washer from the axle stub






    Removing the bearing from the axle stub






    All of these parts must be removed to remove the rear brake drum

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