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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Tips on removing rusted on drums?

Went to remove the drums to see what shape the rear brakes were in. Been having some rear hopp and think its warped drums. The drums are rested on. Tried to hammer on the maiting surface between the studs. No luck. Any ideas?

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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

get really pissed off and beat the crap out of em with a big sledge hammer,if that dont work break out the torches!


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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

Take a can of wd-40 or something and spray the adjuster down. Back the shoes off , by the way spray around the stud holes too. then let it set alittle while, drink a beer. then it should come right off.


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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

I use a rubber shot peen hammer that is about a five pounder. I hit the edge of the drum all the way around the drum several times with a decent amount of force. Then I hit the corner edge around where the drum rounds over from the mating surface to the shoe contact area. Then hit the mating surface area to straighten it out. It almost always comes off by wiggling it forward off the shoes then.

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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

Spray BP blaster around where the hub and drum meet up let it sit a while, then back off the adjusters all the way. Then let the beating begin!

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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

If you have a curved end wrecking bar you can apply pressure to help pop off the drum by prying off the leaf spring while hitting it with a hammer. I little grease on that lip helps to prevent that issue once you get it cleaned up.
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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

A slide hammer with a hook end will get it moving too. Its will make you curse for sure.
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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

I had to use a spud bar and sledge plus a big screwdriver at the same time, turns out my old drums were worn really bad from the P.O. and had a big lip inside catchin on the shoes not to mention the rust as well.
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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

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Spray BP blaster around where the hub and drum meet up let it sit a while, then back off the adjusters all the way. Then let the beating begin!
Bingo! The key is to back off the brakes...if you don't, it'll never come off because the shoes will be caught up against the rust lip on the inside of the drum (outer edge).

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Re: Tips on removing rusted on drums?

I know to back off the brakes, but it was so rusted on that even some hammer beatings wouldn't budge it. I just said screw it and bought all new rear brakes today, that way if I dent then while giving them a massive beating it won't matter. I will hit them with a penetrating oil a few times in the morning then comense the beatings!

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