REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Fig. Fig. 1 The brake drum is located behind the wheel on the rear axle
Fig. Fig. 2 On some models, you can screw bolts into the drums threaded holes to ease removal
Fig. Fig. 3 Pull off the brake drum
Remove the hub cap (if used) and loosen the lug nuts. Release the parking brake.
Block the front wheels, raise the rear of the car, and support it with jackstands.
Support the car securely with jackstands and block the front wheels.
Remove the lug nuts and the wheel.
Unfasten the brake drum retaining screws.
Tap the drum lightly with a mallet in order to free it. If the drum is difficult to remove use a puller. But first be sure that the parking brake is released.
Don't depress the brake pedal once the drum has been removed.
Inspect the brake drum as detailed following.
Brake drum installation is performed in the reverse order of removal.
Fig. Fig. 4 Measure the inside diameter of the brake drum with an H-gauge (caliper)
Fig. Fig. 5 Measure the shoe lining thickness with a ruler
Fig. Fig. 6 Inspect the brake lining and drum for proper contact
Fig. Fig. 7 Measure the clearance between the brake shoe and the parking brake lever
Clean the drum.
Inspect the drum for scoring, cracks, grooves and out-of-roundness. Replace or turn the drum, as required.
Light scoring may be removed by dressing the drum with fine emery cloth.
Heavy scoring will require the use of a brake drum lathe to turn the drum. The service limits of the drum inside diameter are as follows: