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REAR BRAKE DRUM WON,T COME OFF

I,VE tried to remove the rear brake drum and it won,t come off

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I just had a similar problem with 1997 Hardbody.

Cause: The E-brake cable was binding up inside the drum causing the e-brake not to disengage - despite the handle being released inside the cab.

Solution: Look for 2 threaded holes in the drum. Insert two bolts and crank these bolts in. They will eventually work to push the drum off the wheel. Be careful to go slow and evenly (don't snap off the bolts!). Penetrating oil and mallet will help the process.

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I recently had this problem as well. What finally worked was a small brass brush and penetrate oil on the hub that sticks out of drum. The brushing removes the rust and also helps penetrate get between hub and drum.

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Please make sure that your emergency brake is not engaged! This will lock the brake on to the drum, obvious, I know, but I have seen it before!

The next trick will be to spray a little Lubricating fluid around the center of the drum, where the center hole slides over the end of the axle. Wait a few minutes for the penetrating oil to soak in, and then try using a rubber mallet to tap on the drum. Be careful not to hit it too hard! I have used this trick many times, and it usually works.

Good luck, and be careful--wear safety glasses.

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is there one or two threaded holes near the center of the drum? buy one or two bolts that will fit these hole(s) and start cranking them down with your ratchet. Your brake drum shoud start pulling itself off as the bolt(s) push against the hub.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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