Looks like a "tab washer". Instead of the old "castle" with a cotter pin through
it and a hole in the axle, this one indexes in a slot in the axle, and the tabs
over to lock the nut after you've torqued it. You *might* be able to bend the
down and reuse it, but I wouldn't bet on it. It's probably a "dealer-only" part
Haynes (yeah, crap), as well as Autozone's on-line copy of Chilton's(?) manual
says there should still be a cotter pin in an 89. Separate drum/hub in 90, unless
someone put on some later parts, or Ford ran out of 89 parts in the factory, or
the car is actually a 90.
Its wouldnt be the first time Ford changed brake parts in the middle of the
year. It is also possible that the car was made in late 89 too. I bet if
you called a Ford parts counter and asked for rear drums for a 89 Taurus
they would want to know what month it was made :) Anyway, it sure looks like
(from his pic) that the drums are removable.
Scott, you are absolutely right! The drums ARE removable without my having
to mess with that axle nut. Yeah...it must be that the rear brakes
configuration on my '89 is documented under 1990. Yup...they musta changed
brake parts in the middle of the model year. Fun!
Now that I'm past this confusion, I can take it as good news 'cuz at least I
won't have to mess with resetting the bearing play.
Thanks very much for your timely help.
there was no change in those years on the fords.. you read the book wrong...
you were trying to remove the hub.... instead of the rear brake drum......
pretty easy mistake as in the old days you would remove the front hub anytime
you did the brakes to repack the bearings with grease... you cant do that with
these cars... the bearings (rear) are sealed and you have to replace the hub
with the bearing in it, unless you go to a machine shop and get them to press
the old one out and press a new one in....
"Robin M. Blind" wrote:
Well, I don't think so...but I'll look again later. Both the Haynes manual
AND the OEM Shop manual I have show that, for 1989, there is a cotter
pin/castellated nut configuration holding on the brake drum. Last night I
looked again at the Haynes manual and it DOES say that, for years 1990 and
after, the drum and hub are separate and all that is required to remove the
drum is that you first remove the wheel. Of course, the OEM (Ford) Shop
manual makes no mention of changes for the 1990 model year. But...are you
saying that, even with the cotter pin arrangement, I would not have had to
mess with the wheel bearing?
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.