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So i've noticed this for a while, that my v squeals as i apply the breaks backing out of my driveway (it has a bit of a downward slope).

I've looked around and found a video that promiseland made when he had his v about cleaning it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBffKeI_lPk, but my problem is there is a metal bracket or whatever its called around the rear drums that inhibits me from being able to just take the front plate of the drum off to clean it.

Does anyone know how to remove it? or another way to clean the rear drums without removal of the drums?

Any help would be appreciated :)
 

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Picture please? i've removed the rear drums to clean them before and have no idea what this is. might be able to help if i can see it.
 

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So i've noticed this for a while, that my v squeals as i apply the breaks backing out of my driveway (it has a bit of a downward slope).

I've looked around and found a video that promiseland made when he had his v about cleaning it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBffKeI_lPk, but my problem is there is a metal bracket or whatever its called around the rear drums that inhibits me from being able to just take the front plate of the drum off to clean it.

Does anyone know how to remove it? or another way to clean the rear drums without removal of the drums?

Any help would be appreciated :)
A BFH. The drums tend to need a little coaxing to come off. Rust dosent help.
 

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this may not be the best picture to show you but this is all i have right now as supposed to going out and removing one of my rear wheels :p



as you can see there is a metal housing sitting around the brake drum, which does not allow me to be able to really pry the drum off. I've released the parking break and tried to go back and forth with as much grip onto the drum as possible but it is not coming off.

And i'd rather not take this to a brake shop to have them do something that I could easily do myself (once I get the drum off that is).
 

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Alright, there should be 2 threaded holes on the brake drum. You need 2 8mm bolts I believe. They will thread into those holes. shouldn't cost you more than $1 at the local hardware store. once they are threaded in, turn each a little at a time until the drum "pops" off. It may be loud. I did it today. haha.

The other method is just whacking it with a hammer to break the rust free thats holding it together. Since your drums are painted, im assuming you dont want to ruin that, so go out and get yourself some bolts to take the drums off.
 

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Spray some penetrating lube in the threaded holes and around the hub and wait a bit before threading the bolts.
Also once off, a light coat of anti-seaze compound where there's metal on metal contact between the hub and brake drum will prevent them from fusing together.
I've used those threaded holes and broke the brake (rotor) into pieces in the past. Good thing they needed replacing anyways.
 

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thanks for all the tips guys, the weather has been crazy here so when its a nice day out i'll try to take off the drums and clean them out.

but i did call the service department at my local dealership and they said service bulletins aren't covered under warranty and more blah blah blah, here is the bulletin about it Nissan Publications

they said they'd charge me a min of $39.99 to inspect my breaking system.. bah! I may as well just clean the damn thing myself and eventually replace the front pads with hawk pads.
 

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thanks for all the tips guys, the weather has been crazy here so when its a nice day out i'll try to take off the drums and clean them out.

but i did call the service department at my local dealership and they said service bulletins aren't covered under warranty and more blah blah blah, here is the bulletin about it Nissan Publications

they said they'd charge me a min of $39.99 to inspect my breaking system.. bah! I may as well just clean the damn thing myself and eventually replace the front pads with hawk pads.
good plan. Thats what I would do
 
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