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Drum screws

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Kixthecereal, Mar 22, 2020.

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    Kixthecereal New Member

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    I posted this question in the wheel and brakes forum too, but I am redoing the drum brakes on my 97 LX and when I took the tire off, the two Phillips screws that hold the drum on weren't there. Do I need to find replacements? Do I absolutely need them?
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    You don't need them.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    definitely not needed. The wheel holds the drum on.
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    Kixthecereal New Member

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    Cool. Thanks guys.
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I like having them, since they are the same thread (M8) as the two threaded holes in the drum, allowing them to be used as jacking screws to force the drum off it is a little stuck.

    However the threaded drum holes are often full of rust, preventing the screws from threading in properly. When I have the drums off I run an old tap through them and then put a bit of grease in so that they are usable in the future.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    Those Philips head screws were never the best for getting the drums off. I used a different screw for that..... I forget which one, but something under the hood with a hex head for a socket.
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    The Philips screws probably aren't so good because you live in the rust belt.

    It sure is nice out on the wet coast, the drums generally can be removed by hand, no pounding, prying, jacking screws etc. required.
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    rbailin FEOA Member

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    If you want to buy them, use Dorman 13823 blister pack ("Help!" carded products) which contain 8 short M8 screws with a P3 philips head, just like the OEM.
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