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The removal of rear brake drums on a 1998 chevy k3500

Not sure how to remove the rear brake drums on a k3500 witht he 14 bolt full float rear differential in order to replace the wheel cylinder

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    looking for diagram of rear brake drum and assembly

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You should be able to just pull them off! If they are stuck on you may have to get them off by beating on them with a small sledge hammer. Sounds primitive, but thats how its done at the shop. Just hit it straight on the front to break the rust loose. Whatever you do...don't hit the wheel studs. They aren't fun to replace.

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  • futluz Sep 21, 2010

    Very wrong if the truck has a full floater. In this case the avle has to be removed before any beating is done. I hope you did this otherwie you had to buy a new drum at the least.

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