1985 Subaru GL Rear brake drum removal.

  • 1985 SUBARU GL

Brakes problem
1985 Subaru GL 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual 280000 miles

How do I remove the rear brake drum off my 1985 subaru gl 4x4 wagon? I have taken the wheel nut off and it comes out about a quarter of an inch but doesnt budge further than that.

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Friday, December 18th, 2009 AT 3:16 PM

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Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely on jackstands.
Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
Matchmark and remove the brake drum.
Remove the brake shoes, springs and other components, and place then on a flat surface. It is a good idea to organize the parts in a pattern to reflect their final installation.
Disconnect the inlet tube line from the back of the wheel cylinder. Immediately plug or cap the line to prevent system contamination or excessive fluid loss.
Remove the wheel cylinder assembly.
Remove the retainer bolts securing the backing plate to the e rear trailing arm assembly.


Position the backing plate and gasket, if equipped to the trailing arm, and secure in place using the retainer bolts. Tighten the bolts to 34-43 ft. Lbs. (44-56 Nm).
Install the wheel cylinder and bolts along with the hydraulic line.
Position and secure the brake shoes and assorted springs and components.
Attach the brake drum.
Bleed the brake system.
Install the wheel and tire assemblies. Lower the vehicle.

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