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My rear breaks are done for. They don't have much of any break left in them. I have tried before to get drum off to work on them but can't? Any suggestions??? I really don't want to take it somewhere to have some idiot work on it.

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If the drum is worn real bad you might have to back the adjuster off or the drum wont come off. Does the drum move at all? Might just be rusted on. soak it with some wd-40 and hit it a couple of times.
 

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When i tried to get it off last i did back the adjuster all the way out. I believe i did anyway. It was on the indise of it like a little star wheel? And where do it soak it down?
 

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I used the Bigger Hammer Theory when i did mine. It may take a little longer, But itll come sooner or later. Try a 5lb mallet repeatedley.
 

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See i have never seen anyone do this so i am just going of hear-say. So you lossen the adjuster, then technically it should come off....with some force of course???? And where i am hitting the hammer?
 

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getcha some PB Blaster soak down where the drum actually hooks onto the hub. IF you have the brakes backed out all the way... then try the HAMMER Theory! to knock it loose. once it's lose it should just pop right off!

but then again..... key words there "should"

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This might sound really stupid but make sure the parkin brake aint on.....

I say this cause it happened to me, i push the brake every time i get outof the truck. Jacked up the rear pulled the tire, couldnt get the drum off for $hit. After beating and pullin for bout 10-15 minit finally hit me "the parking brake is on you stupid..%&^% !#$#@ @%##$!!!!":rof:w::lol3::lol3::lol3:
Swear true story:thud:
 

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If the brakes are backed all the way off the only thing you can do is knock it off with a hammer unless you have access to a really big puller. Just be carefull not to hit it too hard repeatedly in the same spot as the drums are cast and could break or chip. When I knock mine off I rotate it as I hit it around the outside and from the back. Just be patient.
 

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Put the rear axle on jack stands and chock the front tires. Put two lug nuts loosely on the lugs (make sure tire is off). Start the truck and put it in drive and let it idle out and hit the brakes. Put it in reverse and do it again. Do that until they come off. Easiest way I know of to get them off.
 

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5lb Mini sledge hammer. Beat on the OD repeatedly until they start to come, and then beat more! Eventually they will come off. The problem usually is that the drum is tight with corrosion on the hub, and the drum surface on the inside edge where the brake shoes dont hit is swelled with rust and creating a ledge that hits the side of the shoes. You just got to beat that drum like a red-headed step child.... until she decides to see things your way!
 

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Forget lug nuts, reverse, jack stands. It just does not do it. Hammer the fudge out of the back side lip moving around the lip. Also hit the front side in between all the studs. Just remember to put the lug nuts on so you don't screw up the thread. And yes, a 5lb sledge is a must.
 

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ok i have a BFH (BIG FU__ING HAMMER) or 5lb sledge, so i got that part covered. Now you guys keep saying just bash it, well do i want to go on the sides of the drum or can i get in behind it. Because last time i tried this (which was at leats 2 years ago) i think i remember there being some sort oh schroud or something covering the backside lip of that drum?
 

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keep hitin it with a hammer and if it doesn't look like its gunna budge try heatin up around the hub with a torch i had an ol bronco that i beat the piss out of untill i cracked the drum and it still stayed on! i then took a torch and heated up aaround the hub it expaned enough that with a few taps it just poped off. with that drumb i have no idea if the heat messed it up cause i replaced it once i got it off. i did thow about 2 weeks ago heat up a drum on a boat trailer to get it off, i reused it with no problems, not warped or any thing. my .o2

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Forget lug nuts, reverse, jack stands. It just does not do it. Hammer the fudge out of the back side lip moving around the lip. Also hit the front side in between all the studs. Just remember to put the lug nuts on so you don't screw up the thread. And yes, a 5lb sledge is a must.
It's worked great on the trucks I've done. If idle won't work I bring the speed up a little and mash the brakes. It'll break it loose.
 

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ya, back the brakes of then get a big hammer/mini sledge and hit the corner of the drum a few times real hard and it should basically pop off.
 

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backside "LIP", hit it on the backside from underneath the truck is easiest. I also would put the lugs on till the studs were flush and bang on the front side and the outside diameter portion.
 

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I seen them shatter the edge off hitting the lip, I never do that. I hit the front flat and I hit the sides as if trying to strike the brake shoe material itself. I hit at 12, 3, 6, and 9. I hit between the studs (With nuts on to prevent replacing studs while I am screwing things up!). I hit, and I hit, and I hit for hours.....Uprooting shrubs, trees, and flowers! I pound, and I pound, and I pound some more......breaking tools, bones, and denting the trucks door!

You should always win this battle, but it can be an adventure once in a while!

PS. I should keep my day job, A poet I will never be! I tried!
 

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I seen them shatter the edge off hitting the lip, I never do that. I hit the front flat and I hit the sides as if trying to strike the brake shoe material itself. I hit at 12, 3, 6, and 9. I hit between the studs (With nuts on to prevent replacing studs while I am screwing things up!). I hit, and I hit, and I hit for hours.....Uprooting shrubs, trees, and flowers! I pound, and I pound, and I pound some more......breaking tools, bones, and denting the trucks door!

You should always win this battle, but it can be an adventure once in a while!

PS. I should keep my day job, A poet I will never be! I tried!
man we should make that a sticky in the poetry section.:lol3:
 

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OK so basically everyone has a differend way of doing it, but all of you just bash the living hell out of the it. I can do that. How much does it run (roughly) to redo the rear drums??
 
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