505 GTI Wagon - How to get rear brake drums off
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    Fellow Frogger! James S's Avatar
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    Aug 2002

    Default 505 GTI Wagon - How to get rear brake drums off

    One of my rear brake wheel cylinders is leaking so I decided to replace both sides at the same time.

    My car is an 88 505 GTI manual wagon and the brakes are Gilring ones.

    This afternoon I tackled the driver's side drum. After taking the wheel off (supported using an appropriate car stand of course), I undid the two little phillips head screws that locate and "hold" the drum in place. The handbrake was off. However, the drum would not budge. I loosened the handbrake cable and the drum would still not budge. I tried to knock if off and to release the shoes with a screwdriver through a ilttle hole in the back by levering the handbrake lever inside the drum, but the thing still wouldn't budge. It would spin so it wasn't actually tight.

    Eventually I realised that there are two little threaded holes in the outside face of the drum. It looked like if you screwed a bolt in, the drum would be pushed away from the hub. I just had to find the right sized bolt......I tried a few from my stash and from other bits of the 505 but nothing was the right size.

    I have a heap of Lancia Beta spares and grabbed two cam shaft carrier mounting bolts (these bolt the camshaft carriers to the top of the head - i.e. twin cam). They happened to be a perfect fit. I have no idea what the thread size or pitch is, but I was lucky that The italians and French happened to use the same thread on a couple of spots on their cars.

    I screwed the two Lancia bolts in and tightened them up. Ah, relief! The drum was released and then came away from the hub easily!

    I created this thread because the Haynes manual does not mention these two little threaded holes to help get the drums off and there are a few wagon owners on the forum who might need this information.

    I have a bunch of Lancia bolts if anyone wants a couple!


    I can take photos if anyone wants them.

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    Demannu-facturing! Demannu's Avatar
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    The screws you undid that hold the drum to the hub, are also the ones you use to pull the hub off. They are the same thread.

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