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I need to remove the brake drum on a 1976 gmc sierra 25

The drum will not tap lose(after removing the tire) there are 8 bolts in the center of the lug nut plate, do those need to come off or is there a retaingnig bolt on the back side of the drum, or do i just need a bigger hammer?

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  • ronrad Jan 29, 2009

    rejakwilson was right the brake drum is attacted to the axel so they come out as a unit.was just unclear if i needed to remove the 8 bolts in the center. The larger hammer was a joke!



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1976 3/4 ton GMC Correct? I believe this is a Old Dana 60 rear Axel. So The Bolts in center you take Out , Smack the Center of the Axel to remove the AXEL SHAFT . Now what you see is nut LOCK RING & 1 more Nut. First Look for Steal Tabs Folded Over towards Outside on flat side of Large Nut. With Hammer & chisel Tap these TABS Over Flat 2-5 of then Remove Large Nut you can do this With hammer and chisel, as they are not Very Tight take off first nut that LOCKING TAB WASHER then the 2nd Nut and Drum is Free Bearings and All. REVERSE PROCEDURE FOR INSTALL Only First NUT after outer Bearing is WHEEL BEARING PRELOAD Tighten it down so as for it NOT to Have ANY Play or Movement and Keeping in Mind that You Need OIL Clearance It Should spin Very Easy But Have NO Moement check this with a LONG Prybar Placing the tip Under Tire and Pulling up on it to Listen And FEEL For LOOSENESSJust Snug that tire on with 2-3 Lugs this Preload is CRUCIAL Too tight 2 Blocks is when it will BURN those Bearings up and may LOCK up Wheel other than that Preload you Ues Silacone Sealant on SUPER CLEAN Surfaces of Exel & HUB Dont get it in Bolt Holes go around em.
I Dont Have Books Or any referances here to go by that Go that Far Back so This Is Off the Cuff so if My Memory serves me well You ARE IN Buisness If Not Get A BIGGER HAMMER lol. But I Do think this will help you out just Fine Have A Good One Now and dont forget to rate me Please,

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Soak it with generous amounts penetrating oil around the lugs and let it sit for a while and soak it again and hit it with a bigger hammer. There arent any hidden bolts they are just stubborn sometimes (most of the time).

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