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I took my '03 Dodge Caravan SE to Firestone for new tires and brake inspection. The mechanic was not able to remove the drum. He said it was because the drum were rusted on and there was a "lip" on the inside edge of the drum. I have been unable to find a online diagram of the rear brake assembly. I have heard that there should be two bolt holes in theface of the drum or maybe a cotter pin on the inside of the wheel assembly or that I may have to use a drum puller. Ant concrete information on how to remove the rear drums would be appreciated.

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Here is my question

Firestone employs professional mechanics
that work on brake drums every day, all day long

So,they just send you home, because they don't
want to remove the brake drum?

Your not going to do in your driveway,
what a professional won't do

So go to a shop that will

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I would spray a solvent all around the back of the drum , where it is held on, use possibly a rust remover, or rust loosener spray, all the way around , then take a 3- 4 lb hammer and tap all of the way around it to try and free it up, if that doesn't work , then you could try a wheel drum puller, but take it slow while trying to remove it, hope that this has been very helpful to you.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2011

    Not rusted on
    The drum is worn and the shoes are hung
    Any puller will scape the drum (bend It)

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