How to Reinstall a Brake Drum

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Learn how to reinstall 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're going to talk about the proper way to inspect and adjust your drum style rear brakes. In this clip we're going to talk about the re-installation of the brake drum and pre-adjustment. You can have a brake drum machine for about $10 to $20 apiece at you local repair facility. The ones local around here in Michigan would be a Lintz, a Midas, Tuffy or another service center like that. I would recommend going to shop that specializes in brakes. They're going to be cheaper than going to a dealership. When I talk about pre-adjustment the adjustment is actually made here in the back (and is a little difficult to do but it is possible.) You just have to lay on your back, pull a rubber plug out and use a screwdriver to do it. In order to avoid laying on my back for an extended period of time what I'm going to do: I'm going to slip my drum on, feel how snug it is, and make an adjustment to get it pretty close to where I want it. The proper adjustment is the amount of force it takes to spin the drum with the tire on it. That should make it on revolution. As you can see this is real loose. We're looking for a light drag. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to slip my drum off and turn my star wheel. This is the star wheel right here. Take my side cuts or dice and give it a couple of clicks. What I'm doing is making a manual adjustment to close the distance between the shoe and my drum surface [so I don't have to close the distance with my brake pedal.] Not quite there yet. Go ahead and do a little more pre-adjustment. We're getting close. That's pretty close right there. That is the proper way to pre-adjust and install your brake drum.

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