What Are Drum Brakes? How to Loosen Drum Brakes - How to Loosen

What Are Drum Brakes?

Lucy Lüse
Lucy Lüse

How Do I Know I Need to Adjust the Drum Brakes?

Tools Needed to Remove Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Precautions


How to Loosen Rear Drum Brakes

Park the car safely

Take the Rear Wheels Off

  • Park the Car on a Flat Surface
  • Loosen the Lug Nuts Before Raising the Vehicle
  • Lift the Vehicle with a Jack
  • Identify the Star Wheel Behind the Plug
  • Unscrew the Lug Nuts
  • Remove the Wheel

Disassemble the Drum

  • Turn the Adjuster Screw to Loosen the Shoes
  • Unscrew the Brake Drum
  • If having Issues Use a Screwdriver and Rubber Mallet
  • Remove the Brake Drum with a Brake Drum Puller

Remove the Drum Brakes

Key Differences Between Drum Brakes and Disc Brakes

Key Takeaways

Frequently Asked Questions

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