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How to do back brakes

do u have to loosen bolt on drum?

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What do you want to do to the back brakes?


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No, you do not have to loosen the bolts on the back drum.

You have to take the tension off the brake shoes by turning a toothy wheel behind and inside of the drum. There should be a slot, perhaps behind a rubber grommet which you turn with a screwdriver. This takes tension off the brake shoes which are pushing outward on the brake drum. Once sufficient tension is removed, the drum should slide off.

Sometimes it takes a small amount of "persuading" best done with a few strikes of a rubber mallet, but it should come off with not too much effort after that.

Good luck, let us know.


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IF the drum is rusted onto the hub, two 8mm bolts may be threaded into the bolt holes in the drum to push the drum loose.

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