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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Brake Drum Refinishing

Special Tools

For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools.

    Warning:

    Refer to Brake Dust Warning.

  1. The brake drums do not require refinishing as part of routine brake system service. Do not refinish brake drums in an attempt to correct the following conditions:
  • Brake drums should only be refinished if the following conditions exist:
  • Inspect each of the brake drums and determine if the brake drums can be refinished and remain within the maximum allowable diameter after refinish specification:
    1. With the tire and wheel assemblies removed, measure the diameter of each of the brake drums. Refer to Brake Drum Diameter Measurement.
    2. Inspect each of the brake drums for excessive surface wear and/or radial runout. Refer to Brake Drum Surface and Wear Inspection.
  • If the brake drums can be refinished, proceed with the rotor refinishing procedure.
  • If necessary, use the CH-41013 rotor resurfacing kit in order to thoroughly clean any corrosion/rust from the brake drum flange.
  • Mount the brake drum to the brake lathe according to the lathe manufacturer instructions.
  • Ensure that any vibration dampening attachments are securely in place.
  • With the brake lathe running, slowly bring in the cutting tool until it just contacts the brake drum friction surface.
  • Observe the witness mark on the brake drum. If the witness mark extends approximately three-quarters or more of the way around the brake drum surface, the brake drum is properly mounted to the lathe.
  • If the witness mark does not extend three-quarters or more of the way around the brake drum, re-mount the brake drum to the lathe.
  • Following the brake lathe manufacturer instructions, refinish the brake drum.
  • After each successive cut, inspect the brake drum diameter. Refer to Brake Drum Diameter Measurement.
  • If at any time the brake drum exceeds the maximum allowable diameter after refinish specification, the brake drum must be replaced.
  • After refinishing the brake drum, use the following procedure in order to obtain the desired non-directional finish:
    1. Follow the brake lathe manufacturer's recommended speed setting for applying non-directional finish.
    2. Using the moderate pressure, apply the non-directional finish:
  • After applying a non-directional finish, clean the friction surface of the brake drum with denatured alcohol or an equivalent brake cleaner and wipe the friction surface using a clean shop towel to remove metal particles remaining from machining. Repeat the cleaning process if necessary to remove all metal particles.
  • Remove the brake drum from the brake lathe.
  • If necessary, use the CH-42450-A wheel hub resurfacing kit in order to thoroughly clean any corrosion from the wheel bearing flange.
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