Good evening fellow Aveo owners. I am the parent of a 2004 Aveo owner that needs a bit of tech help regarding the rear brakes and wheel bearings. This afternoon I discovered that the friction lining on the right rear brake shoes separated. It appears that the wheel cylinder was leaking but I credit the brake problem to the car's limited mileage (33k) from the previous owner. Along with the above mentioned problem, the wheel bearing, that looks like a one-piece unit consisting of an inner and outer cone style bearing separated. The bearings themselves appear to be in fair condition and seem as though a repack with grease and new seals would remedy the situation. Along with the rear brakes (shoes, wheel cylinders, and brake hardware), I plan on replacing the front pads as they were also in need of replacement. The drums and rotors will be measured and replaced/resurfaced as necessary. However, I have a few concerns that I hope someone familiar with these cars can help rectify.
With that, my questions are as follows:
1. Can this wheel bearing be salvaged or should I replace them?
2. How do you remove the wheel bearing assembly from the brake drum? (It appears that a snap ring holds it in place)
3. Can the locking nuts that secure the wheel bearing/drum assembly to the rear spindle be reused?
4. What is the recommended torque value for the above mentioned retaining nut and wheel lug nuts? (the car has the factor aluminum wheels)
As I mentioned earlier, this is my daughter's car and I don't want to sacrifice on parts due to my concerns over her safety. Any assistance or advice is greatly appreciated.