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I have 2001 Chev Tracker, Oil started to run out of the Right side break drum. Removed Drum and foud oil all over the breaks. Tried to remove the Axel by removing the four nuts off of the backing plate, Axel wount come out. I think the bearing and seal are bad. I need a picture of the breaks also, not real sure of were all the springs and other parts go. How is the axel removed?

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Fror fixing the brakesw take the other rear wheel off and duplicate what u see. to get the axel out u must first remove diff cover in center of rearend then u will see a clip for each side axel remove clip and axel will slide out. good luck fron 1 to 5 being difficult its a 3

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