Q: Putting back brakes on all new of course but now I can't get the drum back on. It's like something holding it back to slide on easy

asked by on

Everything was seized including drum so I bought all new other than the springs assembled everything together but for some reason can't get drums on but of pads not being fully compressed. I was wondering if the springs went bad and is giving the pads that full tension making them loose and there is not any adjuster made for that year other than emergency brake adjustment plate that cable hooks up to .

My car has 247000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello. A common problem when rebuilding rear drum brakes is that the brake cylinder has too much air or fluid in it causing the brake shoes to be pushed too far out. Then the brake drum won’t go back on as you experience. If you crack the brake cylinder bleed screw open (with an appropriate tube and "catch" bottle for any fluid that might leak out), squeeze the brake shoes inward with your clean hands, then close the bleed screw. The brake drum should now go back on smoothly. Bleed that brake, and move on to the other side. For help with this process, I would recommend having a brake shoe replacement service completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to repair this problem.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Putting back brakes on all new of course but now I can't get the drum back on. It's like something holding it back to slide on easy

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Q: No start

Hi there. As you already know, repairing and replacing components without proper diagnoses can be expensive and time consuming without resolution. The engine turning over very fast, would lead me to performing a compression test. This will also give you...

Q: Q: Brakes issue

The squealing might be due to the brake bad wear indicators contacting the rotors. That noise alerts you to the need to install new brake pads. Regarding the cost, there are a few variables affecting the cost. If you are...

Q: had to replace rear brake caliper, is parking brake cable just worn out? Cant get it back on caliper!

You should install the brake cable before installing the brake caliper. You may have to turn in the caliper again to get it back over the rotor when installing it. If you want to have this done for you, a...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.