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Stuck brake drum

Can't get the brake drum off

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First is the brake off ?? if so you will need to hit the drum HARD !! It should pop off. if it doesnt come off check and see if you have a adjuster on the back of the housing if so take and turn the adjuster to loosen the brakes.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012

  • John Oct 29, 2012

    Yes, the brake is off and there is no adjuster. He's been hitting it with a mini sledgehammer but not coming loose...yet.



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