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Can anyone advise how to remove the rear brake drum from the 98 Kia Sportage 4X4. D do you have to remove the 4 center bolts onthe on the hub to remove the rum ??
 

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You are not going to like this answer but....here goes.
1. Remove lug nuts and tire.
2. Remove two Phillips head bolts from drum.
3. Remove the four inner nuts.
4. Using penetrating oil, lubricate the circle inside the four inner nuts.
5. Let set for about 30-45 minutes for penetrating oil to function.
6. Back off the shoe tighteners using the hole in the drum backing plate.
7. Here is the fun part...if the hub will not slip off, use a large diameter punch
and a large hammer and drive the drum off by placing the punch on the lip
of the drum and hammering the drum from the back. It may take a while, but
eventually, the drum will come off.

Good Luck ! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Remove wheel, undo the 4 19mm nuts in centre, leave srews alone.
Use 2 M8 bolts in the 2 holes in centre of hub, and screw them in evenly, this will pop the drum of in 30 seconds ;)
 

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To loosen shoe tighteners:

1. Look on back of brake drum and locate rubber plug....remove plug.
2. Using a brake adjusting tool or a short slotted screwdriver, locate the
starwheel through the hole from which you just removed the rubber plug
and rotate it downward or upward to loosen the brake shoes depending
on which wheel you are adjusting. Reverse the procedure to tighten the
brake shoe.
3. Loosen brake shoes enough to remove the drum.
4. When reinstalling the drum, tighten the shoes until there is a slight drag
on the drum when the drum is rotated and then back off the shoe adjustment
until there is no longer a drag.
 
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