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Old 04-26-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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I'm making a new thread due to waning interest in the prior thread.

I've finally gotten a chance to resume work on this, and I've gotten the drum off. I really don't know what I'm looking at here. I need to replace the screwhole for the bleeder screw. What do I have to do to get this done?
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I'm not sure if I understand what you are referring to. Did you brake a bleeder off? If that'* the case you will need what'* called a easy out.
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I got the bleeder out and bought a replacement. In the process of screwing the replacement in, the new screw stripped. I tried to put the old one in, and it no longer will screw in. So i guess the screwhole is stripped.

So I need to replace whatever it is that needs to be replaced in order to have a functioning bleeder screw hole.
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Well, you can see if you can get a larger bleeder. Then drill and tap the hole to the new size. Another option is to drill the hole over sized, tap it, then put a helicoil in. Any chance of taking a picture of this and post it?
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I don't own a drill. And to do that I'd have to remove the wheel cylinder, which I don't know how to do.
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And what if I just want to replace the whole assembly because it'* cheaper than buying a decent drill? Is that hard?
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if it was me id replace the assembly
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then take it all out and replace the cylinder
i would get a haynes or chilton manual if you dont all ready
basics though remove line in from master cylinder.
remove springs pads etc
then unbolt cylinder
replace springs pads etc.
a few notes one it can be a pita to get the springs back on there are some tools to help at autozone and discount i would get them if it were me.
just take your time gettting them to line up it sucks but its what has to be done. it might be cheeper to go to a repair shop and ask them to drill and tap the cylinder just get a quote anyways
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What I mean is, can I just unbolt it somewhere and get a loaded brake drum assembly? (would this just be a wheel bearing/hub assembly)? Backing plate?

Or would I have to replace the whole assembly piece by piece?

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What I mean is, can I just unbolt it somewhere and get a loaded brake drum assembly? (would this just be a wheel bearing/hub assembly)? Backing plate?

Or would I have to replace the whole assembly piece by piece?
I guess theoretically you could repleace the entire unit as a whole.... junkyard i mean its help in by 4 bolts then the brake line and the e brake. but i think it would be far more time consuming and expensive then taking to a mechanic or getting a book and doing it i learned at 14 how to do it not saying that to brag just that its not that bad with help of the book. lol my dad left me outside and said youll figure it out.... anyways ill help anyway i can let me know
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When you look at where the bleeder valve screws in to the wheel cylinder, there should be two small bolts - one on each side that screw through the backer plate and hold the wheel cylinder in place. Once you remove those bolts (I think they're 10mm) You should be able to push the brake shoes apart at the top enough to get the old wheel cylinder out and put the new one back in. Keep in mind if a bunch of springs and stuff come flying off, your "insurance policy" is the fact that the other wheel is in tact and you can always use that for a "pattern" as to how everything goes. Keep in mind all of the springs on both sides are just the oppisite. What I mean is, don't look at the other one and think of the positioning of everything as "left" and "right", but it'* "front" and "back".
Wheel cylinder - Autozone part number 34054
Here'* a link to a picture of the part:
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The price listed is $12.99
Funny, the parts that cost $100 are pretty easy to change. It'* the $12.99 parts tha require three trips to the parts store, ruining a pair of pants, breaking three other parts while raplacing, and spending several hours on your back in the dirt.
I guess we pay for it one way or another.
Feel free to e-mail me with any more questions. My first job as a boy was working at a full service gas station in the days where all brakes were drum brakes and all cars occasionally needed carburetor work, and the plugs, points and condenser changed. Were you around in those days? When I pumped the gas into the customers car, cleaned the windshield and always asked, "can I check under your hood Mam/Sir? Those were the days! Here'* my e-mail address:
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I think you'll be able to move things over enough to get the wheel cylinder out though.
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