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1993 Ford F-150 drum brake problem

Having never worked on drum brakes before all of this is pretty new to me. I removed the right rear drum on the truck and there is grease and what looks like little hairs or long (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long) iron filings. Would this be axle grease or brake fluid. What should I do to fix the problem.

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It appears the rear axle shaft seal is leaking. You will need to pull the axle and replace the seal. Then check the rear end for adequate gear oil. The iron filings I am not to sure about. It sounds as if something came loose from the brakes or brake hardware and got chewed up in the drum. You will need to replace the brake shoes and maybe the brake hardware kit. Always change the shoes or pads on both sides when working on brakes, rear or front. If the inside of the drum is not perfectly smooth it will need to be turned or replaced. If this were brake fluid leaking from the wheel cylinder the master cylinder would be low on fluid and your brake pedal would go down much further than normal.

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Sounds like your brake cylinder has been leaking and the filings are just brake dust particals,you should be able to tell if its brake fluid or grease. if its just the wheel cylinder leaking ,replace the cylinder,brake shoes,check drums,bleed brakes.If it is grease then you will need to replace the seal,possibly the axle bearing which involves removing the axle,pressing the bearing off and new 1 on.

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