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Old 09-25-2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default I am replacing my rear hubs on my 89 Oldsmobile and I need some help

Next month I am going to be replacing the rear hub assemblies on my 89 Oldsmobile due to a wobble in one and bearing noise in another. So my question is due you half to take the rear drum brakes apart to replace them or can they stay on there and and allow you to work around them. This is one more step in getting my car closer to being ready for winter. I ran a flush threw it on Saturday and getting new front tires next month. Mine are shot. But I am hoping that I don't half to disassemble the rear brakes but if I half to I will. So any and all help will be great full. Thanks.
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YA, you need to get them right out of the way and not get oil/grease on the linings. Not that big a deal. You'll get the hang of restringing the springs.
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I hope I can get the hang of it on the rear brakes. I have never done rear drum brakes before. My friend put the rear brakes on for me two years ago. So it kinda has me worried on doing them. I got some brake tools from a family friend so they should help me a little bit I hope.
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A good screwdriver and pliers is all I ever use. Hook one end of spring onto it'* holder. put point of screwdriver near other end of spring and "point" it where it goes to guide it. Hold just below that with some pliers and let her slip on. One or twice, you'll have it. Takes a firm hold and pull with the pliers.
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Thanks. Also should I free up an entire day since I have never done this before. Or should I expect this kinda work to go quickly when I catch on how it is done.
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Depends on your definition of a day. It it includes a six pack and done at my pace, ya a day. LOL. Seriously I would think you should be able to do it in an afternoon. I have found over the years that fretting about it takes more time than doing it. Just dig in, get er done. If work is a concern, do it on a Saturday morning in case the unexpected comes.
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Which given your year could be a broken spring (already there or happens when disassembling) or bad brake lining retainers.
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The entire braking system was replaced in September of 09. The car sat in a backyard for 3 years not running and I bought it and got it running but had to replace the entire braking system on it. I replaced everything except the main brake lines. So the rear has new hardware, wheel cylinders, brake lines, shoes and drums. The front has new calipers, pads, slid pins, brake lines and rotors. Also replace the master cylinder to.
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Also what I mean by an entire day is if I started at like 10 in the morning would it take me to 5 or 6 hours to due this kind of work for being a newbie at it.
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I wouldn't think more than a couple hours, new at it or not. Especially if the brake hardware is all recent. Hubs aren't that big a deal. Once in awhile you meet a stubborn one.
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