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Old 04-20-2009, 09:39 AM
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stuck brake drum

I've heated, beat, and even asked nicely and I still can not get my front drum off. any idea's. sure could use some fresh one's

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I'm no expert but, try heating it around the center and using a couple big screwdrivers as pry bars or better if you can borrow a puller from a car parts store or garage
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Sounds like the brake shoes are stuck to the drum. See if you can back off the star adjuster, you may need to use wd40 or something like it on the threads. If you can back the adjuster off and the shoes back off too, you should be able to get the drum off. If the shoes are still stuck you can usually wiggle, jiggle and tap the drum to get them to break loose. Last resort take the axle nut loose, remove the outer bearing and get Mideveil and yank on it. Good Luck..
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More heat and beat
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If you get real desperate, you can cut the pins holding the retaining springs and undo the wheel cylinder from the backing plate....Then the whole works should come off together. Sounds like you are going to need all new parts anyways.
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I believe that the drum comes off by removing the bearing cover , remove the large nut on the end of the spindle and pull the whole mess out bearings and all.. It does not come off like the rear drums.

I was not able to tell if you already had the other side off.. so I do not know if this is a how to question or a I already know how just having trouble getting this one side off ...
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Good point Pepi....I just figured he had already taken the bearing assembly apart........
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If you have alreay heated them and beat them, they are most likely junk now. If you cant back the adjusters off take Poncho's advise. Cut the pins from the back.

Do they move at all?
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Assuming there are no rivet heads in-between the studs (a dead give-away that you will need to do something more than "heat and beat"), take a close look at the studs just where they exit the holes in the drum. Chances are, you will see 3 or 4 swages. I remember using a swage cutter to remove drums from the front hubs when replacing them, all those years ago.
Poncho probably most accurately assessed the condition of your parts.
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