How to Remove Tires & Brake Drum

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Learn how to remove tires and the brake drum in order to adjust the brake drum on a car with expert automotive tips in this free online auto repair and car maintenance video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Adjust Brake Drums on Cars
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In these clips we will talk about the proper way to inspect and adjust your drum style for your brakes. In this clip we are going to talk about the proper way to spin off our lug nuts, remove our tire and how to break free our brake drum. Once you have your wheel and tire assembly removed and rolled out of the way, you have access to your brake drum which is this large metal assembly here. There are a couple of things that you want to look for right away to be sure you can get it off. When the vehicle is built, the brake drum is installed and they fit on small metal clips around two of the wheel studs. This drum has been off since the vehicle has been made. It's probably even a replacement drum. In order to get the drum off if it's a new vehicle, those clips will have to be broken and removed. They are a throw away item and do not need to be reinstalled. Once you have your clips removed and they are there, you take a hammer and strike the shoulder of your brake drum. The shoulder is this location here. You can hit it as hard as you want. It will not damage that surface. Do not hit it on the weight because the weight is put there to balance it. If you hit it on the weight, the weight will break off and cause a vibration while you are driving. Take my hammer, do a strike on the shoulder. As you can see, the drum popped out in front of the assembly, take it and slide it off and that is the proper way to remove your tire and brake drum.

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