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Mk6 Fiesta rear drum brake removal

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I need to change my brake shoes on a Mk6 Fiesta, but can not get the drum off.  I've removed the bearing nut and the drum will rock back and forward.  I think what has happened is that the shoes have worn a groove into the drums and the shoes are not able to get off the lip.  Is there a way to dial-back the shoes, I'm hoping then the drum will come right off.

I can see a rubber cap on the back-plate of the assembly, but can't see what might be adjustable.  I was expecting to see some a toothed wheel that could be turned with the blade of a screwdriver.

Any ideas, please?

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have you backed the hand brake off tell you how to in the manual 🙂

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I've not, but the handbrake is shot too, it's very loose, so I can't imagine there's much on there, worth a go.  So there's nothing to wind the shoes in?

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look inside the holes at the backplate iam sure you can wind it back from there 

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The only hole I see is circular on the back of the drum assembly and angled towards the rear of the car.  Is there another way to access the winder?

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try hitting the drum with a big hammer this sometime loosen them hit them all round the drum

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The drum is loose, and I'd be concerned about knackering the bearing inside the drum.

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I don't think you can back the shoes off on these, usually it's done from the front through a wheel bolt hole...but with Fords having wheel studs there's obviously no hole.  I think the hole you can see at the back is at the bottom rear?  That's a second hole for the handbrake cable as the backplates are the same for both sides to keep costs down.

Tapping the sides of the drum to knock the shoes away can help, but I do only mean a tap so you don't distort the drum.  Chances are the lip will be too big though, and you'll need some brute force to get it off.  Using a puller ensures the bearing is pulled square to avoid damage.  You can do it by wedging screwdrivers and chisels around the edge of the drum to lever it off but this often does damage the bearing.

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Can you leave the wheel on the studs and use it as leverage or is that a nasty idea?

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I had a mk6.5 (2007) and on that car you should not be touching the centre bearing nut to get the combined hub/drum off. I do not know if mk6 is same in that respect.

The mk6.5 drum removal is designed so you undo 4 bolts on back of brake plate (removing abs sensor first)  and then remove the stub axle/drum/hub all as one lump. No danger of messing up bearings then. I have done it and it seems a good design. As I say I don't know if mk6 is like that.

Anyway, the last reply mentions reattaching the wheel so you have more pull. That is what I would do.

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As above. Don't touch the bearing. Remove the abs sensor, then the 4 bolts that go through the back plate. You may still have some jiggling about to get the drum off but at least you don't have to deal with the bearing.

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Gotcha, thanks for the replies.

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The proper way is to remove those 4 bolts but you'll find most garages don't as they rust and sieze...  It also won't help the issue of the shoes holiding the drum, now you've disturbed the bearing and the hub nut you might as well carry on that way imo.

Putting the wheel on for extra leverage will definitely wreck the bearing as you won't pull it squarely.  A hub puller is the safest way.

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On my 7.5 fiesta the rear drums are held on by two screws just remove screws and drum comes off, or is mine an update from earlier versions.

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mk7.5 is different (and much easier). The older ones have a combined hub/drum - one big lump of metal

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