Join Date: May 2005
Car: Impreza Turbo, Focus diesel Estate, Rover 25 1.4.
You don't have to remove the hub nut on these, just undo the two screws on the drum centre , if they're too badly wrecked after, you don't need to replace them, they're not really necessary
If the drum won't budge (assuming you've released the handbrake before you try to remove it!) then some judicious levering at various opposite sides of the drum (eg nine o'clock and three o'clock) will get it off eventually. If the handbrake cable has been adjusted too tightly, this may also be holding the shoes close to the drum, back the adjuster off in the rear of the centre console if that's the case.
The reason why you're probably experiencing difficulty is due to the way the drum wears, it's a not a fault, all that happens is the outer edge of the drum doesn't get any contact with the linings, and eventually over the miles a slight 'lip' developes. as you try to pull the drum off, the linings catch on this 'lip', this is what makes removing the drum so difficult, so much more so on vehicles with auto adjusters within the rear drums. Removing the centre hub nut will not help with the linings catching the drum.
Last edited by SnapdragonGT; 18-11-2008 at 19:14.