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Seized rear brake drum on a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500

My rear brake drum has seized and I cannot remove it. How do I go about removing the drum?

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Loosen emergency brake both wheel cylinder and let fluid run as you pry gently side to side in between drum adn shoe through backing plate /drum area to collapse the shoes some..... use wd40 or quality rust buster at center of drum /axle area to loosen grip of rust fused metal at hub to drum ..tap tap with hammmer around circumference of drum to dislodge adn loosen shoes from drum and drum from axle..good luck.. be patient work slowly

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You need a sledge hammer not a little one a big one put the truck on some jackstands and use a piece of fence post 4x4 and place the wood against the front edge of the brake drum hit it good and hard then move to the other side and do the same a few good sacks should loosen it up you will notice the drum start to angle in on the side that's wacked then go to the other side and do it again this method will get it loose after that drum comes off I cleaned up the inside of the axle hole with some emery cloth and coated the hub with some antiseize

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