Question about 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
These can be tough to get off at times and you are correct in that many vehicles no longer have the oval shaped hole to gain access to the adjuster star wheel. What happens is that as the shoes and drum wear against each other a lip on the outer edge of the drum is formed. Since the shoes have self-adjusted themselves towards the drum as they wear they are now slightly further out than this lip is which makes it very difficult to get the drum to slide off over the shoes. I'm assuming that the drum is loose on the hub and you just can't get it to slide off over the shoes, but if the drum is stuck solidly on the center of the hub and won't budge at all then penetrating oil and tapping on the drum around the wheel studs and center hub will usually get it to come loose. I use an air hammer with a flat/blunt bit to rattle around the center of the hub area on the drum to do this but a ball peen hammer usually works in a pinch.
Posted on Jul 07, 2010
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