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Trying to remove rear break drum for 2000 grand caraven do not see a star wheel to contract brake shoes

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HI

Imagine looking at a star from the side. All you will see are the points of the star.

The star wheel you are looking for is partially protruding sideways through a slot behind the drum.

Hope this helps
Mike

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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I have a 2000 suziki grand vitara and cant furure out how to remove the rear drums


  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the rear wheel(s).
  3. Release the parking brake.
  4. Remove the parking brake lever cover screws and loosen the brake cable locking nut.
  5. Install 2, 8mm bolts into the brake drum holes and uniformly tighten each bolt. Tighten each bolt until the brake drum is removed from the vehicle. If there is difficulty in removing the drum, insert a small tool through the hole in the rear of the backing plate, and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjuster. Using another narrow, flat tool at the same time, reduce the brake shoe adjuster by turning the adjusting wheel.
If the drum is difficult to pull off using the bolts mentioned above, the parking brake is most likely the cause and will have to be adjusted "IN" to prevent drum to shoe contact.


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HOW DO YOU REMOVE THE REAR BRAKE DRUM ON A 2000 CAVALIER. iHAVE TRIED PRYING IT BUT NOT WITH MUCH FORCE AS NOT TO BREAK IT


Hello sqill1000
First, make sure the Ebrake is completly realesed. Next, try turning the drum back and forth while
pulling on it. If the easy way won't work, there may be a deep ridge in the drum surface.
Now, remove the 2 rubber plugs on the back of the brake backing plate, look into the drum with a
flashlight and locate the brake adjuster star wheel. You'll need a brake spoon and a thin 4" screw driver, if you don't have a brake spoon, another screwdriver will do. In the front of the adj. wheel is
the adjuster bar, it's job is to keep the adj wheel from turning in the direction you're going to turn it.
Use the thin 4" screwdriver to push the bar away from the star wheel and with the other turn the wheel from the bottom up at least 5 or 6 good turns or more then tap arround the drum again to
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Feb 13, 2011 | 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

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How to remove rear brake shoes


How to Replace Brake Shoes
(DIY Complexity: Moderate / DIY Time: 3.2 hours)

Parts:
1. Brake Shoe Set

Tools:
1. Combination Wrench Set
2. Floor Jack
3. Jack Stand Set
4. Mallet Hammer
5. Brake Spring Tool
6. Flat Head Screwdriver
7. Needle Nose Pliers
8. Tire Iron
9. Brake Resetting Gauge

Supplies:
1. Brake Cleaner

Steps:
Step 1 * Secure your vehicle on a level surface, making sure your car will not roll or lean when jacked up.
o Tip: Safety Tip:Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or safety shoes.

Step 2 * Break the lug nuts loose but do not remove. Lift up your vehicle using a floor jack.
o Tip: Using an aftermarket floor jack, instead of the original equipment (OE) jack, can make the job easier and safer. Verify the condition of the floor jack before use.

o Tip: Lug nuts fasten the wheel to the hub and may be on very tight. To gain more leverage, use a breaker bar to loosen the nuts.

Step 3 * Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.

Step 4 * Remove the lug nuts. Remove the wheels.
o Tip: Make sure the parking brake is released before removing the brake drum.

Step 5 * Remove the brake drum. If necessary, back off the star wheel adjuster.
o Tip: Hit the brake drum with a rubber mallet to break it loose from a rusted hub.

Step 6 * Clean the brake assembly using a“wet wipe method”. This method uses a spray bottle with water and detergent. Do not use compressed air to clean the brakes. Inspect the brake shoes for wear or damage.
o Tip: It is a good idea to leave one side assembled to use as a reference while you work on the other side.

Step 7 * Remove the primary and secondary brake shoe return springs from the anchor pin and brake shoes.
o Tip: The primary spring is connected to the front (primary) brake shoe and the secondary spring is connected to the rear (secondary) brake shoe.

Step 8 * Remove the adjuster cable and spring assembly. Remove the star adjusting screw and thread the adjuster all the way in.

Step 9 * Remove the front brake shoe retainer. Remove the front brake shoe and parking brake link.

Step 10 * Remove the parking brake lever from the rear brake shoe. Remove the rear brake shoe retainer and remove the rear brake shoe.
o Tip: Specialty brake tools are available to make brake shoe removal easier; but it is possible to remove the brake components with pliers.
o Tip: While you have the drum brake assembly apart, pry the outer seal away from the wheel cylinder and check for leaking brake fluid. If any brake fluid is leaking, replace or rebuild the wheel cylinder

Step 11 * Apply white lithium grease to the backing plate contact points.

Step 12 * Install the new brake shoes in the reverse order of removal. Be careful to keep the new brake shoes clean.

Step 13 * Inspect the brake drum and resurface or replace if necessary. Install the brake drum and adjust the brake shoes.
o Tip: There is a slot on the back of the backing plate usually blocked with a rubber grommet. To adjust the brakes, insert a screw driver into the slot and turn the star wheel adjuster. Spin the brake drum and stop adjusting when you feel a slight drag.

Step 14 * Install the wheels. Torque lug nuts to manufacturer’s specifications.

Step 15 * Lower vehicle and test drive to verify repairs.

Hope help with this (remember rated and comment this help).

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I'm trying to figure out how to adjust the brake shoes on a 2000 toyota corolla so I'm able to put the drums back on. Where do I adjust them?


Try pushing the automatic adjusting lever away from
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slides in between your brake shoes. It will have threads on it.

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You need to back off the adjuster located at the top the brake assembly.There's an rubber grommet on the backing plate.You need to use a short flat screwdriver and ratchet back the star wheel in which you acess through the small hole in the backing plate.Now there's an arm that rests on the notches of the star wheel of the adjuster so the brakes don't back off, as the going down the road.This needs to be pushed away from the star wheel in for you to back off the adjuster.This will contract the brake shoes away from the drum.This will allow you to remove the drum.


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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


  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.
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Brake drum loose but wont come off


Hi,
The representative icons are sometimes confusing on here. It is saying 1994 Suzuki Swift and you are saying 2,000 caravan.
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Most vehicles that have drums on the rear have a slot (maybe plugged with a rubber or plastic plug) where when the plug is removed, a "star wheel" adjuster (used to spread the brake shoes) becomes accessible with a tool called a brake spoon. If you rotate the star wheel such that the brake shoe "Spread" is less, the drum should come off. And yes, it is probably the pads catching on a ridge. Getting the drums turned might be in order...
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Raise the Tahoe's rear end on jack stands. Block the front wheels and remove both of the rear wheels. Release the parking brake. Remove the brake drum, cutting off the pressed metal washers with a strong cutting tool.
If the drum won't come off because the drum shoes have worn into the drum, retract the shoes by removing the access plug from the backing plate. Push the lever off the adjuster star wheel with a small screwdriver and turn the star wheel with another screwdriver.
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Clean off the backing plate and lightly lubricate its shoe contact areas with high-temperature grease. Clean the adjuster screw assembly and lubricate the threads and socket end. Inspect the condition of the drum itself. If there are any cracks, score marks, deep scratches or discolored areas that can't be removed with an Emory cloth, have the drum resurfaced at an automotive machine shop.

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