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Re: need to check breaks on the back

Many cars have the same drum bearing system as your car - it's just you haven't came across such yet. There is no point whatsoever of trying to grease the bearing as it is a sealed unit so forget the copper grease idea which is going to cost you money anyway. The only way to judge the condition of the brake shoes, the wheel cylinders and internal links and levers, etc., is to remove the drums. To do this you will need an appropraite deep socket and a very long lever bar as the nuts are devilish tight - then you need to replace the big nut (which again will cost money) as it is a once only fitting and then have the use of a torque bar to tighten the new nut. Sadly there is no way of doing the job safely for free - unless you can beg, borrow or steal the tools and necessary new parts.

As already suggested either get someone who is competent or leave it alone. I'm all for people learning to maintain their own car but it does mean acquiring the proper tools and knowledge to to do it safely.
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