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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2004, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Brake drum removal

During the summer I replaced my wheel cylinders and pads on the ol' 10 bolt. Yesterday I decided to rotate the tires and change the oil. While I had the wheels off I wanted to check out how the wear on the rear pads was doing. For the life of me I could not get the drums off. I sprayed them with PB Blaster and took the air hammer to them. The Parking brake was not on and there is slack in the brake cable. Whatis wrong, if anything, and how do I get them off? Thanks for the help.
Willy if you want to throw down a FF now would be a good time. It looks like I need brakes and I am going to buy a locker.
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Re: Brake drum removal

tap em all the way around with a hammer, then pull them off
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yup, sometimes they just dont come off easily. a bit of pounding and some prying and they'll come off
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While I wouldn't recommend this for whatever saftey or liability reasons might be there, I've put the vehicle in reverse (with engine on) and the drum just falls off (assuming the wheel is jacked up).
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What about the adjusting wheel? You have to take off the plug on the back, then use a flat blade screwdriver to turn the wheel.
Look in your Haynes manual for more info.
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Re: Brake drum removal

I'm telling you, I took the air hammer to that thing. I have tried tapping it from the inside. If one of the shoes were broken would it make it hard to remove the drums? I have no simptoms of a broken shoe but was wondering.
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Re: Brake drum removal

try what c_rock mentioned. It always works for me, especially on previously re-surfaced drums which now have a lip on the outer edge.

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yup adjusting is starting to sound like the way for you to go. i have personally enver had to do this as i just beat them off.
a broken shoew linign can do odd things like that, but its more likely the lip on the drum. i always gring mine off so it will not lip
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