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Tom93R1


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posted September 07, 2002 07:02 PM

brake drum removal

How do I get the rear drums off? The Chiltons just says remove the wheel, then remove the 2 screws that keep the drum aligned and insert them in the 2 threaded holes and tighten them, this should press the drum off. I tried this and just broke off one of the screws in the hole. Was there something else that I need to do before the drum will come off?
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Rotor


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posted September 07, 2002 07:23 PM

First thing, Tom, don't use the stock "peanut butter" bolts. Get some good grade hardware for this job!

Next, if the drums haven't been off in awhile, after removing the drum bolts, spray the hub and lug studs with penetrating oil. Let it set a few hours, or more if possible.

Back the brake adjusters off to ensure that the shoes won;t hang in any ridge that may be in the drum. The try to remove the drum with the new better bolts, but don't tighten them too much! After putting pressure on the bolts, take a big hammer and rap the wheel mounting surface on the drum. If that doesn't work, tourque the bolts a little more, and repeat the rapping!

If it still deosn't work, break out the torch and heat the mounting flange. While hot, repeat the tightening and rapping procedure.

If that still doesn't work, break out the plastic explosives!!!!!! ;-)

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Tom93R1


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posted September 07, 2002 07:28 PM

damn, looks like I gotta break out the ol' screw extractor tomorrow and try this again. I figured since it was not budging at all that I may have been missing something.
Since my ultimate goal is to replace the studs on the drivers side with right-hand thread, anybody know how likely I am to find a replacement at Pep Boys? I hope this doesn't turn into one of those projects where I have to leave the REPU up on blocks for a couple weeks.
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4-port 13b
Weber 48DCO
Racing Beat Header
Magnaflow
resonator/amplifier
really loud!

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Rotor


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posted September 07, 2002 07:36 PM

The RH thread studs are a pretty common stud. Should be available from any good parts house. Of course, don't forget to get the proper lug nuts, too! :D
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Tom93R1


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posted September 07, 2002 07:39 PM

I can't use my remaining left hand lug nuts with right hand studs? damn, there goes my plan of saving money :D
thanks, this and an oil leak under the oil filter and a leak on my radiator are all I need to be ready to drive the REPU to Sevenstock. I could take the 7 but there will be a million of those there.
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Weber 48DCO
Racing Beat Header
Magnaflow
resonator/amplifier
really loud!

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Tom93R1


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posted September 08, 2002 12:19 PM

While taking my shower this morning I realized what an idiot I was yesterday and why I couldn't get the drum off. Of course the thing won't budge if you try removing it with the parking brake on! Oh I am so stupid! Or maybe it was just a brain fart, I can hope thet is all it was.
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4-port 13b
Weber 48DCO
Racing Beat Header
Magnaflow
resonator/amplifier
really loud!

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wankel_dreams


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posted September 08, 2002 04:08 PM
Edited By: wankel_dreams on 8 Sep 2002 16:09

quote:
While taking my shower this morning I realized what an idiot I was yesterday and why I couldn't get the drum off. Of course the thing won't budge if you try removing it with the parking brake on! Oh I am so stupid! Or maybe it was just a brain fart, I can hope thet is all it was.


Don't feel to bad, i can picture myself doing the same kind of thing.

When i changed my rear drums and pads/shoes, i needed to get new screws too. I mangeled the original ones pretty bad getting the drums off.
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Tom93R1


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posted September 08, 2002 04:14 PM

Just finshed things up for today. Never was able to get the drum off though. I tried using an extractor to pull the broken screw out and the screw extractor broke. After that I had no luck drilling into a broken screw extractor. This sucks! I guess for the short term fix I will just replace the studs on the front wheel so at least all 4 wheels will have 6 lug nuts.
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4-port 13b
Weber 48DCO
Racing Beat Header
Magnaflow
resonator/amplifier
really loud!

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Klaus43


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posted September 08, 2002 05:35 PM

Don't give up!

It's true--those drums can be a real bitch! I've spent hours pounding 'em every which way with a hammer on a block of wood before... can recommend "Knock 'er loose" brand penetrating lubricant (not a joke...) Backing 'em way off could still be essential, parking brake or not... of course, if your studs are a bit less than straight...

       
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repuguru


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posted September 08, 2002 08:00 PM

Did you use heat on the drum? To try and help it break away from the axle.

       
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Tom93R1


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posted September 08, 2002 09:14 PM

It looks like I gave up too soon. I went out and made one last attempt, this time pounding the lugs through before trying to pull the drums off and what do you know, it worked. Too bad it is sunday and all the parts stores close early. Oh well, I will be able to finish the rear wheel tomorrow and get the front in the next few days. Hopefully next weekend I will be able to replace the tranny and diff fluids and fix my oil leak.
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Racing Beat Header
Magnaflow
resonator/amplifier
really loud!

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Klaus43


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posted September 09, 2002 08:17 AM

Right On!

Glad it finally worked for ya! Just in case you weren't already going this route: Amsoil synthetic gear lube HIGHLY recommended (or similar) for your trans. & rearend... it's even been known to 'fix' less-than-ideal transmissions over time! :) --K.

       
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