How to change a brake drum [AUTODOC TUTORIAL]

How to change brake drum on a car – replacement tutorial
Required Tools:
Flat screwdriver
Tap wrench
Torx wrench
Torx bit
Ceramic grease
Brake cleaner
Please note!
  • A drum brake system is usually only installed on the rear axle
  • The brake drum can either be installed on the wheel hub or be integrated with the wheel bearing
  • Brake drums should always be replaced in pairs on an axle
  • Along with these parts, it's also recommended to install new brake shoes and related components
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    How to change Brake Drum - free PDF and video manuals
    Use a car lift to replace the component or a jack with jack stands and wheel chocks
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    How to replace rear and front Brake Drum - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    When working with one with a built-in bearing, first remove the cap covering the fastener
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    Brake Drum replacement on your car: free workshop manuals
    Then unscrew the fastener and remove the brake drum from the stub axle
    The brake drum is held in place not only by the wheel bearing, but also by the brake shoes
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    Changing Brake Drum by yourself
    Access the handbrake mechanism from inside the vehicle under the centre console or from under the car near the transmission tunnel
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    How to remove front and rear Brake Drum - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Loosen the handbrake cables using a suitable tool
    Please note!
    It is not always enough to loosen the cables to remove the brake drumA corroded or jammed brake adjuster can make the part difficult to removeThe adjuster may also hold the brake shoes spread too muchThis prevents the removal of the brake drum
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    How to replace Brake Drum: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    There may be an adjuster access hole in the brake drum backing plate opposite the adjuster gear. You can actuate the adjustment mechanism via that access hole to bring the brake shoes closer together. This makes the brake drum easier to remove
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    How hard is it to do yourself: rear and front Brake Drum replacement - download illustrated guide
    If the mechanism is corroded, use a slide hammer or special puller to remove the brake drum
    Be careful!
    Incorrect removal of the brake drum can result in damage to the fasteners of the brake shoesIn this case, you will need a repair kit
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    If the brake drum is stuck to the wheel hub, you can tap the drum with a hammer
    Please note!
    Some cars have the drums with special service holesScrewing in bolts of a matching diameter into those holes will help remove the drum from the wheel hubThe parts should be replaced on both sides of the axle
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    Be sure to inspect and clean all the fasteners
    Changing of front and rear Brake Drum won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remember the position of all the components and familiarise yourself with their design
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    Brake Drum replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    First, disassemble the mechanism only on one side of the axle. If you have any difficulties reassembling the parts on one side, you can refer to the assembly on the other side
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    Replacing Brake Drum on your car by yourself
    Replace the components and reassemble it in reverse order
    AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Start disassembly with the springs that keep the brake shoes spread and prevent their removalBe careful as there is a risk of injury if the springs are handled carelesslyUse special tool kits to remove them Please note that such kits have a limited range of functions and are designed for a particular carYou can also use a fork-type screwdriverThanks to the recess it has, this tool can be used to carefully remove the spring without the risk of it jumping off
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    rear and front Brake Drum DIY replacement workshop manual
    When removing the components, be sure to remember their position
    Be careful!
    If they are installed incorrectly, the mechanism can fail
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    How to change Brake Drum on your car - tips and tricks
    Clean the working area
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    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Brake Drum
    Treat all the surfaces and components with an anti-corrosion agent
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    DIY replacement of front and rear Brake Drum is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial. Check it out!
    Before the replacement, compare the removed brake shoes with the new ones so that you don’t install them on the wrong side. The brake shoes differ depending on the side of installation
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    How to change Brake Drum - free PDF and video manuals
    Bear in mind that it may be necessary to remove some components from the old brake shoes and mount them on the new ones. For example, the parking brake lever
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    How to replace rear and front Brake Drum - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Reinstall the components in reverse order
    Please note!
    Brake drums may have a magnetic or toothed ABS ringThis allows the ABS sensor to read the wheel speedIf the new brake drums have no ABS rings, you should remove them from the old parts and install on the new ones
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    Brake Drum replacement on your car: free workshop manuals
    Remove the magnetic rings carefully so as not to damage them If the parts get deformed, it will be impossible to obtain correct readings
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    Changing Brake Drum by yourself
    Prepare suitable tools that will allow you to remove the ABS rings carefully
    The brake drum may be mounted on the wheel hub or, like in this case, have a built-in bearingIf there is no bearing in the component, it should be purchased separately and fitted into the new drumNote that the old bearings cannot be fitted into new brake drums
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