I like others have had issues with my rear brakes squealing. I decided to replace the rear shoes. My buddy did it for me, being a AES Tech so I figured he would do it best.
He used a Impact driver to remove it and replace it the spindle nut.. I know bad Idea
I did it once myself and know to remove the spindle 14mm bolts. So long story short.. no bad issues there but brakes still squealed. I found out that the common reason is there is a harmonic problem with the with the drum and other parts so I figured I would buy a new drum on ebay and it came with the bearing. $114 + $30 Shipping.
Worked like a Charm, I did it myself. However 2 months later both bearing went bad.
I tourqed the nuts to the 173lbs like the specs require. However I never added Extra Lube. Was told by a buddy that does this that its not needed. I figured he was right did not see extra lube when I removed it.
So I went to Ford yesterday. Bought 2 new Drums with bearing since I do not trust the ebay drums.
I know people say replace the nuts, but the washers looked perfect still my Focus is a 2007 with 65k miles. Unless someone can come up with a strong argument to replace them I cannot see why they need to be replaced.
So.... to Review... here is what I know.
Bolts 14mm on Spindle Tourqed to 49 ft/lbs.
Spindle Nut I hear on forums 29mm 30mm and 32mm, I bought a 30mm seems every so slightly slacked but works well. so I think 29mm night be correct. and the torque spec is 173 ft/lbs
Front Axle Nut - 32mm no idea on ft/lbs
Rear Axle Nut - 29mm 173 ft/lbs
So does the rear Spindles get Lubed when installing the rear drum with Spindle Nut Method. Or is the bearing sealed and pre-lubed????
The new Drums have a SMALLER hub, so the 2007 drum speed ring will not fit the new drum I just bought they are smaller, forcing you to replace the Speed ring. I have pinched the old speed ring sides sightly and they seem to be working perfectly and holding..