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Old 04-17-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Does anyone have instructions on how to remove the rear brake drums so I could replace the brake shoes? Thank you.

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Old 04-17-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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you got to take the axle nut off, which is behind the silver cap on the drum and then hit it with a hammer
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THANK YOU SO MUCH ... I will give it a try. Just one more thing if you don't mind, what size socket is it? Just to make sure I'm unscrewing the right nut. I'm a beginner here with the Focus.
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I'm pretty sure its a 30mm, or somwhere around that lol
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It didn't work. A friend told me that it might have "clips" that are hard to find that keep them in place. Does anyone know where these clips might be? A picture if possible. Thanks.
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You might want to read some of the old drum brake threads for the details, but here's a "primer" on them...

That large nut holds the bearings on the stub axle, thereby keeping the drum in place. It needs a LARGE torque value when installed, & is SUPPOSED to be replaced whenever removed...

Bearing assembly is pressed into the hub, so it can't be renewed without special tools (buy a new assembly, or pay for it to be done).

Drums are typically hard to remove because of wear & rust. The contact area wears, and the edge rusts, creating a ridge that grabs the shoes when you try to remove it.

Most brakes these days don't have a method to manually adjust the shoes back from the drums, so shoes & hardware are typically damaged when drums are removed - so don't pull drums without new shoes & a hdwe. packet in hand... If someone "adjusted" the rear brakes by changing the E-brake cable adjustment, that needs to be loosened as well.

On the Focus, the entire stub axle, bearing & drum assembly can be removed from behind by removing the four nuts that hold it on - some find this easier than removing the axle nut, replacing & retorquing it.

No "hidden clips" holding the drum, your friend may have been thinking of the 'clips" that hold the brake shoes in position - which often are damaged when forcing the drum off of the shoes.

Drums at the rear seldom need service before QUITE a few miles have passed, and at that point I'd actually suggest a complete replacement so you don't need to dive in there again for a LONG time...

Drums with new bearings, new axle nut, new shoes and a replacement hdwe. kit.

Ford shoes might be worth it as well, due to many reports of squeaks & squeals when using some others...

Luck!
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