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Old 09-10-2016, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The good, the bad, the ugly "brake job"

The good: parts are surprisingly cheap considering Suzuki doesn't do business in N. America with passenger vehicles anymore (I'm in US).

The bad: a parking brake shoe replacement job, which I wasn't looking forward to to begin with, has turned into a wheel bearing replacement as well. And I thought that noise was just noisy tires...

The ugly: I can't seem to separate the brake backing plate from the hub assembly. I have smacked it a half dozen times or so with a 3# hand sledge and they're still "inseparable". Is there a trick to this? Tips and pointers appreciated
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I can only suggest warming the backplate around the hub as much as you can (without burning the paint off!) before giving it a clout.
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Yes, I thought of putting the torch to it, but I'd really like to know is if there is something I am unaware of keeping them together. Kinda waste of time and propane if there's still fasteners holding them together. If there is someone out there who can say these 2 parts [I]should[I] just come apart with no fasteners keeping them together, that would be ideal. But thanks for the suggestion!
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Parts diagram shows no other fasteners. Just a bit of rust holding them together hopefully.
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Well, I've almost destroyed the brake backing plate in an attempt to separate the hub assembly from the brake backing plate by hammering on it with a 3# hand sledge... and the hub assembly is still hanging in there. At this point I can't even drive it to a garage and let a mechanic do the work

Has ANYBODY on the forum performed a wheel hub replacement on an '06 Suzuki? Why can't I separate the backplate from the hub assembly? What is holding these 2 parts together?
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I know I'm replying to my own thread, but it seemed like it needed closure. I did... I DID!!!... finally get the parts apart. I had an old ball joint tool (pickle fork?) that I've NEVER used in my tool box. I thought "What the hell, nothing else is working". So I stuck it in the crevice where I thought the 2 parts separated at, smacked it with that 3# sledge, and BAM!!! They fell apart. Phew!
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