removing rear brake drums on an '02 Sienna

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Old 11 Mar 2012, 09:34 pm   #1 (permalink)
Michael
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Default removing rear brake drums on an '02 Sienna

Hi guys,

I had a really hard time removing the old brake drums from our '02
Sienna. Tried tapping them gently with a rubber mallet; nothing. Ok,
tried banging on it with my 3-pound hammer. Still nothing. Finally
found this site:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4853634_rear...ta-tacoma.html

After buying the *wrong* size bolts, I finally found the correct bolt
(M8-1.25 x 30 MM) from Home Depot (this hex bolt takes a 14-mm socket
to drive it). I guess I could have gone for something shorter than
30mm long, but hey, I was in a rush. Brake drums came off with a sick-
sounding POP, but looks like there was no damage.

The new drums I bought from CarQuest don't have these 8mm holes for a
bolt, though. So, in the future, if I need to replace them, how
should I go about doing so? Is banging away on the drums with a 3-lb
hammer really the way to do it?

I usually like to get stuff from CarQuest because they seem to be
pretty good in quality, for the price. Although, in retrospect, rear
brake drums may have been something I should have gone to the
dealership for...?

Thanks!

Michael
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Old 18 Mar 2012, 02:03 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Michael,

I had exactly the same experience removing the rear drums on my 2000 Sienna.. Congratulations for sticking with it; I almost gave up and took mine to ashop. However, based on a You Tube video by "Eric the Car Guy," I ended up using exactly the same bolts from Home Depot. That popping/cracking sound (when the drums snapped free) also freaked me out a little. In my case, I found that the replacement drums at Pep Boys do have those 8mm guide holes, but the drums seem to be a little deeper than the OEM, so the original lug nut studs don't protrude through them quite as much. The consequence isthat the lug nuts have a bit less stud to grab onto. The nuts are threaded on for their full depth, although there is no additional stud length. But they seem to be working out.

If you're going to stick with those CarQuest drums, it might be a good ideato apply some grease around the area where the drum meets the hub, so thatthe new drums will be less likely to get "frozen" on there due to rust, etc. You also may want to remove the drums to inspect the brake shoes somewhat more frequently than in the past, so that you have a chance to reapply the grease periodically.

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Old 19 Mar 2012, 11:34 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Mar 18, 12:03*pm, RonG <ronaldbgoldst...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Michael,
>
> I had exactly the same experience removing the rear drums on my 2000 Sienna. Congratulations for sticking with it; I almost gave up and took mine toa shop. *However, based on a You Tube video by "Eric the Car Guy," I ended up using exactly the same bolts from Home Depot. *That popping/cracking sound (when the drums snapped free) also freaked me out a little. *In my case, I found that the replacement drums at Pep Boys do have those 8mm guide holes, but the drums seem to be a little deeper than the OEM, so the original lug nut studs don't protrude through them quite as much. *The consequence is that the lug nuts have a bit less stud to grab onto. *The nutsare threaded on for their full depth, although there is no additional studlength. *But they seem to be working out.
>
> If you're going to stick with those CarQuest drums, it might be a good idea to apply some grease around the area where the drum meets the hub, so that the new drums will be less likely to get "frozen" on there due to rust, etc. *You also may want to remove the drums to inspect the brake shoes somewhat more frequently than in the past, so that you have a chance to reapply the grease periodically.
>
> Ron



Yeah, I was worried that all that banging on the drum with my hammer
was going to break something in there...

Good idea... I will put some grease on the hub the next time I rotate
the tires. I'll also inspect the drums each time I rotate the
tires.

Thanks for the tips!

Michael
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Old 22 Mar 2012, 03:02 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Mar 19, 9:34*am, Michael <mrdarr...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mar 18, 12:03*pm, RonG <ronaldbgoldst...@hotmail.com> wrote:
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> > Hi Michael,

>
> > I had exactly the same experience removing the rear drums on my 2000 Sienna. Congratulations for sticking with it; I almost gave up and took mine to a shop. *However, based on a You Tube video by "Eric the Car Guy," I ended up using exactly the same bolts from Home Depot. *That popping/cracking sound (when the drums snapped free) also freaked me out a little. *Inmy case, I found that the replacement drums at Pep Boys do have those 8mm guide holes, but the drums seem to be a little deeper than the OEM, so the original lug nut studs don't protrude through them quite as much. *The consequence is that the lug nuts have a bit less stud to grab onto. *The nuts are threaded on for their full depth, although there is no additional stud length. *But they seem to be working out.

>
> > If you're going to stick with those CarQuest drums, it might be a good idea to apply some grease around the area where the drum meets the hub, so that the new drums will be less likely to get "frozen" on there due to rust, etc. *You also may want to remove the drums to inspect the brake shoes somewhat more frequently than in the past, so that you have a chance to reapply the grease periodically.

>
> > Ron

>
> Yeah, I was worried that all that banging on the drum with my hammer
> was going to break something in there...
>
> Good idea... I will put some grease on the hub the next time I rotate
> the tires. *I'll also inspect the drums each time I rotate the
> tires.
>
> Thanks for the tips!
>
> Michael



On second thought I just did it yesterday. Don't want to take a
chance the drum will rust again. Got some lithium grease from Wal-
Mart for about $2, and just did it.

Wife won't drive the van, convinced I've done something to the brakes
to sabotage them... oh she's funny alright. =)
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