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Old 07-15-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Rear Drum removal problems

Went to change out the rear drums today but found a wire going through the rear of the drum I assume is the speed sensor for ABS. Anyways I guess I have to remove this 8mm nut before the drum will come off? I didnt want to mess with it being the first time changing the pads on my 2010 focus. Any other tips for the rear drum will help.


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Old 07-19-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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its a 2010... you are having to change the shoes on the rear drums already? My 2001 stock rear drums with 150k miles on it still had plenty of material. Sorry I am not helping in this, but curious why you feel like you need to change it out.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:21 AM   #3
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You can pull the 8mm bolt out and gently wiggle the wheel speed sensor out of the hole it's in. Some times it's sticky and hard to get out so instead I usually just follow the wire 16" or so towards the front of the car and disconnect the connector and several clips from the control arm, and pull the wire and connector through the hole. I find it quicker than messing with and potentially wrecking a stuck speed sensor.

I also agree with Magus. We joke that one of the selling features of the Focus is 'Lifetime Rear Brakes'. The only reason I'd change them is if they're contaminated from leaking wheel cylinders or cracked.
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I am trying to replace the bearing in a rear drum on a 2005 with ABS. I get the big nut off and yank on the drum/hub but it wont come off, although it is very loose. What am I missing? The ABS wire? Do I need to back off the shoes?
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you dont have the parking brake on do you? they have special pullers for this also. it takes time, little wiggles, and a hammer.
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No, the handbrake is off. The wheel spun with no resistance before I started. And yes, I tried a puller but got nervous when everything tightened up as I pulled on the drum. I recently did a job on my Toyota and forced the drum assembly off and detached all the brake shoe bits inside. The shoes had worn down the drum and left a significant ridge inboard on the drum, which prevented the drum from coming off over the shoes. If I really pull on the Focus drum, will I wreck anything important? Like the ABS?
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Cant comment on the ABS as I dont have it so was not there when I pulled my rear drums
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I gave up. Paid the garage to do it for me. He said he used a slide hammer to get the hub off. The new hub came with a bearing already in it.
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still would like to know why you wanted or needed to change your rear drums and shoes. my ZX3 from 2001 still had 30% pad left and it had some 150k + miles on it.
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still would like to know why you wanted or needed to change your rear drums and shoes. my ZX3 from 2001 still had 30% pad left and it had some 150k + miles on it.
Yeah, I took my drums off at 62k and there was plenty of useable pad there.. (swapped to discs, otherwise nothing wrong with the drums)
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