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    mk3 astra rear drums

    Looking at the back of the drums there is a few nuts to pop it off the axle. Now the question is can I undo these nuts (not fully) and re-tighten them without having to open the hub itself?

    Basically I'm asking is that thread part of the hub itself or is it a nut and bolt?

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    you should be able to as iirc the head is either splined or welded in place
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    Tried to have the hub off today but it wouldn't come off. Came lose but the front part of the hub didn't come off. I undid the little screw and gave it a bit of a shimmy and it started moving but it didn't want to come off.

    I can't see anything (other than that screw) externally that would be holding it in place.

    Any ideas?

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    brake shoes have work grooves into the inner drum. whilst they are sitting in thiose grooves, the drum wont come off. you have to loosen, (or tighten), the handbrake cable, (near the cat heatshield i think).

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    There should be a rubber bung on the backplate, near the back low down. Take it out and you can lever the handbrake operating lever further off which should release the drum.
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    hey mate. what i did my drums the other day you need to take the bolt out you are mentioning and then you just need to pull the drum off the shoes. sometimes this can be pretty hard as they can get lips on them i used a skrew driver to make a gap to get my fingers in behind the front of the drum then just pull. make sure you pull in a straight line cause u dont want to knock the shoes out of place.

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