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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-06-2003, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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I took off my right rear tire to check out a leak coming from my brake drum. I then took off the 4 lugs that hold the face of the drum on. I got the drum off and nothing is wrong. How the HELL do I get the brake drum face plate back on??? It WILL NOT fit over the damn brake shoes! I've tried everything. Resetting brakes, disengaging parking brake. Any ideas? I'm really screwed. It'd be a 5 minute fix to get my driving again, but the plate JUST WON"T GO ON!!!!!1 ARGH! Any help, input, suggestions, ideas appreciated.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-07-2003, 12:13 AM
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You probably jarred the shoes and moved them a little bit. Try to juggle/wiggle the drum back over the shoes. You can then move the shoes up and down or back and forth until the 4 holes line up. If that doesn't work open the bleeder a bit and squeeze the shoes together to collapse the shoes.
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Or you can loosen off the brake adjuster.
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Re: HELP EVERYBODY! ...

When I took my drums off the first time I had this same problem. Come to think of it I had this problem every other time I did it, too.

In my case even though I made sure they were compresssed in as much as possible, they were not located right in reference to the circle of the brake drum. I had to get so the axle was at eye level to get them back in round. Then it has to be in the right place in relation to the studs.

This would be a great idea for a tool of some kind. Just a flat thing with holes drilled in it to go over the studs but with narrow guides or maybe pins to locate the brake shoes in the right place. Its hard to get it lined up while wrestling a heavy brake drum and trying not to destroy the brake shoes.

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