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cant remove drums?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wraenking, May 24, 2004.

  1. wraenking

    wraenking 1/2 ton status

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    ok, i cant figure out how to get the drums off of my 14 bolt.

    i took the 5 or 6 on the outer hub off, but i cant figure out what is holding the drum on. please help a moron!! lol

    thanks

    tom
     
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    Just a shot in the dark, but is the e-brake engaged ??? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  3. wraenking

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    its on jack stands. i just picked it up last week.
     
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    Use a hammer. If that doesn't work, use a bigger hammer! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif lol JK I have no idea what it could be.
     
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    ohhh, ok, there is an adjustment gear in the back that you can get a screw driver in and back out some of the tension then, that might be the problem, happened to me like that before
     
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    so it should just slide right off? im not missing any hidden bolts? lol


    ther is a big ass nut on the back of the drum but i cant see that being a problem./
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    The drum is held onto the bearing hub by the studs, you'll need to remove the spindle lock nuts to get the assembly off. It's the same principle as a front end with lock nut/washer/lock nut. If you don't have a socket you can use a punch to back the nuts off but I'd get a socket to reinstall them.
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Back up...

    Have you removed the axle shaft? It will have to be romved first in order for you to be able to get to the spindle nuts. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Take a look HERE, this is a rear disc install article but it also shows the removal of the spindle nuts.

    FYI - the big nut on the backing plate will not cause your problem.
     
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    ok, i removed one nut after i took out the axle shaft. still nothing. ill check out the article. i didnt see the hole where you can relase the shoe if its tuck. bear with me guys, im a newbie, but im tired of asking my bud to do all my truck work!

    thanks

    tom
     
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    First pull the axle shaft.

    Next, take off the lock nut on the end of the spindle.

    Next, remove the washer off of the spindle.

    Next, remove the inner nut off of the spindle.

    Now the bearing hub/brake drum assembly can be removed with the wheelbearings.
     
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    hmm. i didnt see the washer and other nut, but im sure its there. should i get a special tool? i used a nail punch to get the first one off!
     
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    Do you see the bearing? If you don't see the bearing then there is more stuff on there... But some 14 bolt's use 1 nut and no washer, while others use 2 nuts and a washer. Did yours have a key in the keyway and a snapring? If it did it's the 1 nut style.

    Anyway, most of the ones I've taken apart have been stuck like this. I just use a small sledge hammer and beat on the drum all the way around till it's off. The brake pads wear into the drum which causes a lip and the pads try and hold the drum on. Just takes a bit of pounding.
     

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