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post #1 of 6 Old Apr 6th, 2010, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Rear drum brake - how to remove?

Parking brake is off. I inserted bolts into the 2 holes on the drum, tightened. Hit the drum with a hammer. Its loose but something is holding it from coming off.

Is there something called an adjusting nut that needs to be loosened? How do you gain access - there is a rectangular shape plug on the back of the plate but I can't figure it out?

Any help would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old Apr 7th, 2010, 12:29 AM
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it should come off with a good whack (and i mean a really hard one) from a deadblow hammer on the edge of the drum
what year is it?

2004 Canteen Green Pathfinder LE
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post #3 of 6 Old Apr 7th, 2010, 08:59 PM
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Pull out that plug(is it a rubber plug?).Behind it should be a star wheel that you back off and that should free things up.
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Originally Posted by minnight View Post
Pull out that plug(is it a rubber plug?).Behind it should be a star wheel that you back off and that should free things up.
x2...we used this star to adjust my rear brakes since the rears weren't doing any work.
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post #5 of 6 Old Apr 8th, 2010, 12:11 PM
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If the brakes have worn to the point that they are worn into the drum, you will need to back off the adjuster far enough to get the drum clear.
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post #6 of 6 Old Apr 9th, 2010, 01:13 AM
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I have seen drums that needed a few swings of a heavy mallad to come off... even after backing them off properly.
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