how do i remove the drums to adjust the brakes ? on 2002 Kia Spectra

i recently purchased this car and try to remove the drums but they have a cover over the hub nut and could not remove it !!!!

by in North Las Vegas, NV on July 19, 2012
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on July 19, 2012
the center cap needs to come off to remove center nut. does the backing plate have adj slots as most cars do
COMMENT by on July 19, 2012
Also , some have a removable rubber plug on the front of the drum (like some toyota & honda & I'm sure others).If the plug is on the front of the drum then of coarse you'll need to align the opening with the adjuster mechanism. Avoid over-tightening by applying and releasing the parking brake then making sure the drum still spins.If parking brake is self-adjusting , then you'll need info on that , to release it before adjusting the shoes otherwise it won't be correct.If you're not familiar with the proper procedures you should take it to a shop , doing things the right way are not always as easy as they sound ,and the wrong results can be dangerous.
ANSWER by on July 19, 2012
You do not remove the cap from the bearing. Your car has a floating drum meaning it slides over the hub unit. There may be 2 Phillips screws holding the drum to the hub you will need to remove. If the drum does not easily come off spray with rust penetrating oil and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Then hit the drum between the studs with a hammer. Being careful not to hit the studs.
COMMENT by on July 19, 2012
I like this answer a lot better than mine!