Removing Brake Drum

Discussion in 'Chevy Tahoe Forum (GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade)' started by loshan, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. loshan

    loshan New Member

    The brake drum doesn't want to come off of the rear axle on my 96 Tahoe. Anybody have any tips or tricks?
    Is it because a groove worn in it? There is no thumbwheel to adjust brake. Maybe I'm not holding my mouth right?
    Any help appreciated, Thanks!
  2. MrShorty

    MrShorty Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Are you certain there's no adjuster? Every indication I have says there should be an adjuster mechanism, and the usual approach is to get the adjuster screwed in to retract the shoes. There should be an oblong access hole (probably covered with a rubber plug) center bottom of the backing plate. You will have to reach in with one screwdriver to push the adjuster pawl away from the star wheel, and another screwdriver to turn the wheel down.
  3. loshan

    loshan New Member

    After that

    Thnks, I will look for that in the morning.

    Once I get that off, I need to know if the bearing is pressed on (guy at the auto parts place said no) and if I have to go through the differential to get the axle off, or jus through the four bolts on the hub.

    Thanks so much for your help.
  4. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Probably most DO have the adjustment access hole. My 87 K5 Blazer does not have them. I have done many brake jobs on at least a dozen different trucks and cars in my 26 years of driving and My Blazer is the only vehicle (with rear drum brakes) that does not have the adjustment holes.

    One tip is to make sure the emergency brake is off (I know, DUH but I have done it myself) and grab both sides of the drum and wiggle like hell until it comes off!

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