I actually have a few questions all relating to the same issue, so please bear with me, and feel free to point me off elsewhere to research, though I am posting after ages on Google bearing little results!
Firstly, simple question....my daughter has a 2011 Alto. Does anyone know where to get a workshop manual? I have tried Haynes, eBay and Google all to no avail! It would likely answer the last of my three queries if I had one!!
Secondly, I have been trying to trace and eliminate some brake squeal, with little success. So far, and in multiple steps, I have effectively cleaned the fronts of all dust and dirt, replaced the pads, used the proper lube on all metal to metal surfaces and even deglazed the discs and pads in a last ditch effort to troubleshoot it. Calipers slide freely, though I have not yet stripped and overhauled these, but on a low mileage 2011 car I was hoping I wouldn't have to. A bit of Googling showed this to be an issue on the Swift, but I found nothing Alto specific. Anyone got this, or know if it's a common problem, or even tell me anything I have missed. Next step (After making damn sure it's not the rears) would be new discs and pads (again) but they are in good condition and relatively unworn (discs) and new pads as per above!
Lastly, as part of the ongoing troubleshooting to the above, and even though the noise sounds like it's coming form the front, I thought I'd at least pop the rear drums off, clean them out, check the shoes and lube any metal to metal contact areas. Now, there appears to be no easy way to do this - the drums don't have the usual holes to insert bolts to "force" the drum out off the shoes, and the shield behind the drum effectively prevents you levering them off. What am I missing here? Last time I looked at drum brakes was my first car back in the 1980's, so that doesn't help either!
Thanks in advance!