1. Make Sure the Parking Brake is OFF
If the parking brake is on you will not likely be able to get off the rear drum brake so make sure the parking brake is off.
2. Raise and Secure the Vehicle to Remove the Tire
First, remember to loosen the lug nuts before raising the vehicle. It can take a lot of pressure to loosen them and you don’t want to shake the car too much when raised.
Now, place the chocks behind the front tire and jack up the vehicle. Secure it with the jack stands. Finish removing the loosened lug nuts and tires from the car.
3. Remove the Drum Brake Clips or Clamps
Next, to remove the drum, you have to use the pliers to remove the clamps or clips on the lugnut posts. These will likely break and that’s nothing to worry about.
4. Take off the Brake Drum Rotor
This is where you may need that hammer. The brake drum could be stuck due to years of corrosion and rust. Tap on the drum near the lugnut posts to loosen up the rust that has them frozen. If this doesn’t work, place a few drops of penetrating oil on the lugnut posts where they meet the drum and let them soak for a few minutes. Give it a few light taps with the hammer again to help the oil seep further. This should help release the drums
*DIY Mechanic’s Note*: If you don’t have your mask and safety glasses on yet, stop what you are doing and get them on. Brakes can kick up a lot of dust and you don’t want that powder in your eyes or lungs.