Removed wheel studs, dismantled front brakes.

26 June 2008

Started with this:


Removing wheel studs is easy…

… just hit with a hammer and they pop through. Notice two of the removed studs had sheared, luckily there was still enough to hit with a hammer to knock them out. If there isn’t anything for the hammer to hit just use another wheel stud, thread end touching the broken stud and hit the head with the hammer.


To remove the hub put a piece of wood on the top of it…

And hit the wood, hard, a few times:

The hub is really grimy, so cleaned it by scraping and using Gunk (degreaser).


Dismantling brakes:
Here is the backing plate for one of the front drum brakes.


Not many steps in dismantling. One, undo the nut above the slave cylinder. This allows the knuckle to be seperated with (gentle) taps to backside of it.


Next is to remove the pins holding the brake shoes to the backing plate:

Easiest way is to use needle nose pliers, push down on the top of the spring, while pushing the head of the pin from the other side of the backing plate. Then you can use the pliers to rotate the pin 90 degrees and it’ll pop out the slot.


Now to separate the shoes from the slave cylinder:

Just push/pull…

…to stretch the springs and separate from the cylinder


Next just wiggle free all the brake hardware, and undo two bolts on the back of the backing plate to remove the cylinder.

3 Responses to “Removed wheel studs, dismantled front brakes.”

  1. […] To remove the backing plate the whole axle shaft needs to be removed. Begin by dismantling the old brakes. See here for a detailed step-by-step process. […]

  2. jeff Says:

    Great pics of the breaks and hub!!! Very helpful . I think I will start taking the breaks and suspension apart.


  3. Bill Richards Says:

    great help! Surprises me how many “specialists” knew so little about this.

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