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Old 07-20-2009, 04:58 PM   #1
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How to inspect the brakes & bearings

I just got my camper this year and I'd like to do some maintenance... Now that I have the wheels off, it's a good time to have a look at the brakes and them bearings. How do I pull these brakes off and what do I look for?

How do I pull out and repack the bearings?

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I just got my camper this year and I'd like to do some maintenance... Now that I have the wheels off, it's a good time to have a look at the brakes and them bearings. How do I pull these brakes off and what do I look for?

How do I pull out and repack the bearings?

Here are pictures of my brakes...
This is for disc brakes, but the process is similar for drum brakes: Overlander '77 | Repack Bearings | Bearing Repacking

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On car and truck drum brakes I use a hammer. But I don't want to damage anything so how do I pull off these drums?
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On car and truck drum brakes I use a hammer. But I don't want to damage anything so how do I pull off these drums?
After you remove the dust cap, cotter pin and nut, the drum should come right off with a little wiggling, they always have for me anyway. The only issue can be if the brake shoes are adjusted too tight.

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And if the shoes are holding the drum on, get behind the backer plates, pull off the rubber cover at the bottom, turn the wheel inside to loosen the shoes. It is inevitable that you will turn them the wrong way the first time, and then the drum won't rotate at all, then go the other way until the drum moves freely. After you drop the rubber cover in the dirt don't forget to find it and put it in a safe place.

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see Bearings and the step by step photo gallery at Bryan and Dave's Greasy Adventure. There are some pictures of things to look for as well.
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