How to Remove Front Drum Brakes

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Remove front drums of drum brakes on your car, removing the dust cover and cotter pin that holds the castellated nut; learn how in this free auto-remodeling video.

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We've got the rear drums off. Next item is to get the fronts off. So there's a dust cover Mark just removed with the channel locks and that covers the front wheel bearing, tensioner, nut and there's a cotter pin in there, it's painted red, you can see it there, that holds that castellated nut in place. Mark will take the side cutters there and straighten up and then cut off the bent part of the cotter pin so you can slide it out. Then that cotter pin gets discarded. Even if we were to be replacing these, or we're just going to pack the bearings, you always want to discard that pin. You can just use the channel locks to get it loose. These nuts are always loose. When you first pack the bearing they go on to a pre-determined torque but when they come off its usually after some time and their loose at that point. Next the drum usually just comes right off. There's a bearing on the outside there, he held it in with his thumb, and there's a bearing on the inside that's retained with the seal. So, there's the outer bearing.


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