Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Brake Drums

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1


CAUTION
Brake shoes may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the wheels.
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  5. Release the parking brake.
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  7. Remove the brake drum from the brake shoes. If necessary, back off the brakes to remove the drum.
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On some models there are 2 threaded service holes in each brake drum. If the drum will not come off, fit two M8x1.25mm bolts in the service holes and screw them in: this will force the drum away from the axle.



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Fig. Fig. 1: If the drum is tight, bolts can be used to draw it off the hub

To install:
  1. Install the drum assembly to the vehicle.
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  3. Install the wheels.
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  5. Adjust the rear brakes.
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INSPECTION



  1. After removing the brake drum, wipe out the accumulated dust with a damp cloth.
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CAUTION
Do not blow the brake dust out of the drums with compressed air or lung power. Brake linings may contain asbestos, a known cancer causing substance. Dispose of the cloth after use.

  1. Inspect the drum for cracks, deep grooves, roughness, scoring or out-of-roundness. Replace any brake drum which is cracked. The drums should also be checked for maximum inside diameter.
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  3. Smooth any slight scores by polishing the friction surface with the fine emery cloth or have the drum machined (trued) at a machine shop. Heavy or extensive scoring will cause excessive brake lining wear and should be removed from the brake drum through resurfacing.
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