[T3] rear drums

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Thu May 7 18:02:01 PDT 2015

On 7 May 2015 at 22:34, alluringeyewear at comcast.net wrote:

> Hello all!  I have a 1973 Fasty and need to remove the rear brake
> drums because my adjusters are frozen.  How do I do this?  Do I need
> to remove the 36mm nut to remove the hub? 

It's best to leave the large axle nut in place and just remove the 
drum. Here's how:

1) Loosen the lugbolts on both rear wheels, leaving them snug. Jack 
the rear of the car up and put both sides on jackstands. Block the 
front wheels. Remove the wheel & tire on ONE side. Remove the 2 small 
screws in the face of the exposed brake drum; this usually requires 
vice grips or a cold chisel on the edge of the screw head, driven on 
a tangent.

2) Get in the car and start the engine. Put the clutch in and shift 
into 3rd. Let the clutch out and rev the engine up. With your right 
foot still on the gas, slam on the brakes with your left foot. This 
should break the drum free from the hub. If it doesn't, repeat.

3) With one side free, line the lug bolt holes back up and remount 
that wheel and tire. Snug up the lug bolts. Remove the other wheel & 
tire. Remove the 2 small bolts from the face of the drum. Repeat step 

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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