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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-26-2008, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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'04 Grand Am rear brakes

Hi guys. I hope this is the right spot for this. I am trying to change the
rear brake pads on my wifes '04 Grand Am but I can't even get the friggin' drums off of the hub. I loaded it up with penetrating oil, knocked the studs back in to take pressure off the drum, and hammered on the thing until I was blue in the face but it wouldn't even budge. I tried the one on the other side and it was the same way. I thought there might be an auto-tensioner on the rear brakes but the guy at the car parts store said no. There is a small rubber plug an the plate behind the brakes and one on the drum but no screws or anything. There is also some kind of small metal plate on the face of the drum but it doesn't seem to come off or at least I don't know how to get it off. If there is a trick to this or if there is something holding the drum on beside rust please let me know. Thanks a lot.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-27-2008, 12:42 AM
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You may have to back the brake shoes off to get the drum off. A ridge will form on the drum in the shape of the shoe, and make it difficult if not impossible to get off. If you remove the black rubber plug on the backing plate that should give you access to the star wheel to back the shoes off. If you cant see it from there and there is a slot in the drum, rotate the drum until you see the star wheel then back it off. You may have to stick a pic in the hole along with a screwdriver to release the lock on the star wheel.

Worse come to worse, you can remove the dust cap, hub nut, and pull the drum and hub off together, that is if its not the shoes preventing you from removing the drum.

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Are you sure there is a tensioner wheel for this set-up? The guy at Car Quest said there wasn't. I stuck a screw driver in there but I couldn't feel anything. I see what your saying about wearing a groove into the drum, tho. I wonder what the hole on the drum is for? If I undid the brake line from that wheel, would it release the tension enough to get the drum off then? Also if you have a picture of the drum assembly from a Haynes manual or something I would appreciate it. Thanks.

Edit: I also watched a video on Youtube of a guy using a brake puller to get drums off. Would this be a recommended practice for me or would I wreck the components inside by doing this? Thanks.

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