Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara, XL7 2000-06

Brake Drums

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheel(s).
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake.
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  7. Remove the parking brake lever cover screws and loosen the brake cable locking nut.
  8.  
  9. Install 2, 8mm bolts into the brake drum holes and uniformly tighten each bolt. Tighten each bolt until the brake drum is removed from the vehicle. If there is difficulty in removing the drum, insert a small tool through the hole in the rear of the backing plate, and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjuster. Using another narrow, flat tool at the same time, reduce the brake shoe adjuster by turning the adjusting wheel.

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    Fig. Reducing the adjuster to remove the brake drum



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    Fig. Removing the brake drum with the two 8mm bolts



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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear brake components-Vitara and Grand Vitara

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To install:

  1. Install the brake drum and pull the parking brake lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard.
  2.  
  3. Verify that the rear wheels will not turn. If the rear wheels turn, adjust the parking brake cable as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake and remove the brake drum. Measure the diameter of the brake shoes. Outer diameter should be as follows:

    For 2 door models: 8.638 ( 0.0012 inches (219 ( 0.3mm)
     
    For 4 door models: 9.980 ( 0.0079 inches (253.5 ( 0.2mm)
     

  6.  
  7. If the brake shoe clearance is not correct, adjust the brake shoes until the clearance is correct.
  8.  
  9. Reinstall the brake drum, replace the wheel(s), and safely lower the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Adjust the parking brake and install the cover with the 2 screws.
  12.  
  13. Road-test the vehicle for proper brake operation.
  14.  

Sidekick
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheel(s).
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake.
  6.  
  7. Remove the parking brake lever cover screws and loosen the brake cable locking nut.
  8.  
  9. Install 2, 8mm bolts into the brake drum holes and uniformly tighten each bolt. Tighten each bolt until the brake drum is removed from the vehicle. If there is difficulty in removing the drum, insert a small tool through the hole in the rear of the backing plate, and hold the automatic adjusting lever away from the adjuster. Using another narrow, flat tool at the same time, reduce the brake shoe adjuster by turning the adjusting wheel.

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    Fig. Reducing the adjuster to remove the brake drum- Sidekick, Sidekick Sport, Vitara, Grand Vitara and X-90



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    Fig. Removing the brake drum with the 2, 8mm bolts- Sidekick, Sidekick Sport, Vitara, Grand Vitara and X-90



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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear brake components-Sidekick, Sidekick Sport and X-90 models



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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear brake components-Vitara and Grand Vitara

  10.  

To install:

  1. Install the brake drum and pull the parking brake lever all the way up until a clicking sound can no longer be heard.
  2.  
  3. Verify that the rear wheels will not turn. If the rear wheels turn, adjust the parking brake cable as necessary.
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake and remove the brake drum. Measure the diameter of the brake shoes. Outer diameter should be as follows:

    For 2 door models: 8.638 ( 0.0012 inches (219 ( 0.3mm)
     
    For 4 door models: 9.980 ( 0.0079 inches (253.5 ( 0.2mm)
     

  6.  
  7. If the brake shoe clearance is not correct, adjust the brake shoes until the clearance is correct.
  8.  
  9. Reinstall the brake drum, replace the wheel(s), and safely lower the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Adjust the parking brake and install the cover with the 2 screws.
  12.  
  13. Road-test the vehicle for proper brake operation.
  14.  

 
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