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Brake linings may contain asbestos. Avoid using compressed air or any other means to remove dust from the drum or brake shoes or areas nearby. Failure to heed this warning could cause inhalation of asbestos fibers, a known carcinogen!
- Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts.
- Raise the car and support it securely. Remove the wheel(s).
- On rear disc brake-equipped vehicles, remove the caliper and rotor. Support the caliper out of the way with strong wire or cord. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the hydraulic hose. For more details, refer to the rear disc brake caliper removal procedure in Brakes .
- Remove the grease cap, cotter pin, nut lock, retaining nut and outer wheel bearing.
- Carefully pull the brake drum and outer bearing off the spindle. Do not drag the inner bearing or grease seal over the stub axle (the thread bearing and oil seal may be damaged.) Using an appropriate tool, remove the grease seal and inner bearing from the drum or hub. Discard the old grease seal-a new seal should be used when reinstalling the inner bearing.
Thoroughly clean all old grease from the outer and inner bearings, bearing cups and hub cavity.
- To clean the bearings, soak them in an appropriate cleaning solvent.
- Strike the flat surface of the bearing inner race against a hardwood block several times.
- Immerse the bearings in solvent between the blows to jar grease loose and wash old particles of hardened grease from the bearings.
- Repeat this procedure until the bearings are clean.
- Bearings can be dried using compressed air, but do not spin the bearings.
- After cleaning, oil the bearings with engine oil. <