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Cant get rear drums off 2000 tracker. The threads in the holes are rusted and gone.

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  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    Are the brake drums supposed to slip on/off over the lug bolts ? What threads are you referring too ?



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Use alot of penetrating oil around the lug studs and let it set for a bit then take a hammer and hit around the drum for a while .. Not hard enough to damage the drum just like you were driving a nail.. This should loosen them to where you can remove them .. Sometimes the brake shoes will wear into the drum bad enough to make the drum impossable to get off untill you adjust the brakes on the backside of the backing plate enough to get the drum off over the shoes .. thanks and holler if you need more. Jerry

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