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Old 03-13-2006, 06:52 PM
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brake drum stuck

I am putting a TCI mustang ii suspension on the front of my 49 chevy pickup.
I removed the brake lines and later tried to push the truck. The truck would not move very easy. Found out the back drum brake on one side is stuck.
I can't get the drum off. Any suggestion? is there such a thing as a drum remover.

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Old 03-13-2006, 11:07 PM
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Try to back off the adjustment........it may be too tight or have grooves in the drum. I have had to cut the little shoe retainers from the backside of the backing plates before and remove the drum WITH THE SHOES.......just stuck to the drums......
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I use a 10 pound slide hammer to remove stuck brake drums, most of the time it works great.
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go with deuce's suggestion , he is right , also is the emergency brake released?
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I check the emergency brake. There is a small view window in back of drum but can't see or feel the adjuster.
Here comes the 10 pounder.
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Some brake drums are screwed on is yours like that? If it wont come off backing off the adjustment bring out the big hammer
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I run into stuck drum all the time at the shop. But they are usually stuck to the axle and not rusted to the shoes. Any how soak the hub to drum area with penetrating oil, let it sit for a few min take a good big hammer and hit the outside outer diameter of the drum HARD!!. It may pop lose has worked for me many times. If not..... deuces idea sounds good .
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Try to back off the adjustment........it may be too tight or have grooves in the drum. I have had to cut the little shoe retainers from the backside of the backing plates before and remove the drum WITH THE SHOES.......just stuck to the drums......
Ya need to know if the drums are stuck to the axle or wont come of because of a ridge in the drum that wont get past the shoes...as i saw previously noted try backing off the adjuster......If it is stuck to the axle..spray it with penetrant,like PB Blaster...wait a little bit....strike the drum sharply in several spots being careful not to hit the wheel studs....Dont be afraid to put a little muscle into it......
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There is an easy way to get stuck drums off the axel. All of us truck guys run into this sooner or later.

Jack the car up rest it on jack stands, block the front wheels, remove the rear wheels and loosly put the lug nuts back on. Start the motor and put it in forward gear. get up to 20-30 mph and slam on the brakes. Now go backwards at a good clip and slam the brakes. Usually a couple times will loosen even the most stubborn drum. My dually only took once each way and they had not been off in 220,000 miles.

Just make sure the lugs nuts are on or you may find the drum ripping down the street.
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I just ran into the same problem with a boneyard 9" the shoes were actually rusted to the drums and the drums rusted to the axles!! I tried the penetrating oil,beating with a hammer,ect... the only easy solution I found always works on rust is the "hot wrench"!! Heat the drum, and the expansion will brake the rust on the axle, and then between the shoes and drums. You just need to get everything good and hot-NOT cherry red!! I did see the Eastwood catalog has a "drum puller" that looks very promising though!! I just caution not to "beat" too hard on the edge of the drum to try and get it off,you'll brake the edge off!! make sure the brake shoes are backed off, use penetrating oil, and heat-"It'll come off!!"
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