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How to replace drums on 2003 Hyundai hatchback

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Are you talking about brake drums? If so then I would be a bit concerned about what is causing them to deteriorate... Brake drums can last a long long time before they need to be replaced. But to answer your question...

1. Remove the wheel by loosening the lug nuts (you will likely have to pull off some plastic caps from the nuts first), and then
jack the car up at the wheel you want to change the drum on, and make sure it is sitting securely on a jackstand or a sturdy block of wood, or something where it won't topple over. Once the wheel is off the ground, completely remove the lug nuts and pull off the wheel.

2. Pull off the drum. These are often a bit stubborn to come off, but if you give it a few taps with a hammer or a block of wood or something around the edges it should eventually wiggle off.

3. Put on the new drum. If the old drum was severely worn, then you probably won't be able to just slide the new drum on because it will be too tight. However, if you look at the bottom of the brake assembly there will be a little adjuster gear setup that looks something like this http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/drum-brake8.jpg . On some vehicles it can only be accessed from the other side of the backing plate, but most can be gotten to from the front. Using a flat head screwdriver start turning the little gear in one direction. You should see the brake shoes moving either inward or outward. If they are moving outward then turn the adjuster the other way. keep going until you think the brakes have come in sufficiently enough to slip on the new drum. This may take some trial and error. Once the new drum is on you are almost finished.

4. Put the wheel back on. with the car still jacked up, put the lug nuts on as tight as you can with your fingers, and make sure the wheel doesn't wobble too much. If it does then you may need to put a wrench to tighten them a bit (no too much) before lowering the car.

5. Pull out your jack stands and lower the car down.

6. Tighten up the lug nuts in a star pattern as evenly as possible, and make sure they are good and tight. Use a snipe if you feel it is necessary.

7. Start the car and put it in reverse. By backing up a few feet the automatic tensioner in the brakes will set the shoes up to the right distance away from the drum and you are good to go. Try driving forward slowly and make sure the brakes feel solid. If it feels like they are not engaging then try going a little further in reverse and that should fix it up!

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