The rear drum brakes are usually contained in a vacuum drum in a Chrysler PT Cruiser. Because of this, dirt and dust tends to accumulate in the drum whenever you brake your car. Eventually, you will need to clean the rear drum brakes. Here’s how you can remove them from your Cruiser.
- Hub caps. Start by removing the hub caps in your car. You can do this by using a lug wrench to loosen the bolts and nuts that keep the hub caps in place. If the lug nuts are very tight, you should use an anti-rust spray to remove the rust that may have accumulated, and then try to use the lug wrench again to remove the hub caps.
- Jack stands. Afterwards, you will need to proceed to raising the back part of your car. You can do this by using a jack stand on the back of your car. Make sure, however, that you put a block on the front wheels first, to keep the car from moving forward from the weight of the back of the car that will be transferred to the front of the car. Use a wheel chock to do this.
- Rubber plug. Afterwards, you will need to find the rubber plug. This is usually just in front of the porthole, which is located just at the back of the backing plate. You can usually remove the rubber plug by suing an adjustment spoon. After using the adjustment spoon, take the adjuster wheel and push it forward. This will allow you to removed e drum from the cruiser. After you have done this, take a rag and use it to wipe down the drum.
- Automatic adjust spring. Once you have finished cleaning the drum, take the drum brake pliers and use it to remove the adjusting spring from the lever. This will disconnect the spring and allow you to access the hold-down clips. After you have accessed the hold-down clips, you should be able to remove the clip by pushing it backwards until the clip’s end reaches the hole that will release the clip.
- Shoe spring. Now that you have removed the hold-down clips, all you need to do is to remove the spring. This can be done by taking a pair of needle nose pliers and using it to unlatch the brake cables. Once you have done this, take the pliers and use it to take away the shoe spring from the spring. Once you have removed the shoe spring, you should be able to move the spring downwards using your hands. This will decrease the pressure from the spring and allow you to access the rear brakes. Simply take a piece of rag and use it to clean the brakes.
- Reassembly. After you have finished cleaning the rear drum brakes, you can reassemble it by following the same procedure but backwards.
With these easy steps, you should be able to easily remove the rear drum
brakes on your Chrysler PT Cruiser. The entire process will take you
around thirty minutes to an hour.