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Old 07-18-2010, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unfreezing brake drums

Any good tricks to free up the one rear brake drum? I fired up my project truck (cause I wanna get it finished), and the drivers side rear Dana 60 drum is froze. I've tried the hammer and adjusting the adjuster with no luck. I don't wanna do a lot with the axle; I'm planning to swap the axle with a Sterling.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Put it in low gear and stomp on it. If that don't work I don't know what will.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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if it's frozen, thaw it out
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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bigger hammer + heat
disconnect the brake line
cut the drum off
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Pretty much what I thought.

I already romped on it in low range... but it isn't posi, so I broke the other 3 wheels free.
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bigger hammer + heat
disconnect the brake line
cut the drum off
Don't listen to this guy. Cut the heads off of the hold down pins, and the shoes will come off with the drum. Really the only way the drum can stay on is if it has a really big lip. If you back the adjuster off enough, the drum will come off. You didn't say why un-adjusting them didn't work. Is the adjuster frozen? More info would make it easier to help you out.
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Don't listen to this guy. Cut the heads off of the hold down pins, and the shoes will come off with the drum. Really the only way the drum can stay on is if it has a really big lip. If you back the adjuster off enough, the drum will come off. You didn't say why un-adjusting them didn't work. Is the adjuster frozen? More info would make it easier to help you out.
The adjuster seems to be frozen. I am going give it another try. It is a PITA since it is a Dana 61 (you have to take the spindle off to remove the drum).
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The adjuster seems to be frozen. I am going give it another try. It is a PITA since it is a Dana 61 (you have to take the spindle off to remove the drum).
is the dana 61 different than other full floaters? Why do you have to take the spindle off?
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is the dana 61 different than other full floaters? Why do you have to take the spindle off?
AFAIK, you have to take off the spindles to take the drum off (this is according to my service manual). I've only worked on Sterling FFs and regular SF axles, so I don't really know.
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Are you sure its not the hub you have to remove, like a inboard drum compared to a outboard?
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Are you sure its not the hub you have to remove, like a inboard drum compared to a outboard?
yeah, hub, not spindle. duh!

the drums are inboard.
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yeah, hub, not spindle. duh!

the drums are inboard.
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soak the adjuster in LOTS of pb blaster and then try moving the adjuster again. Once its backed off try a 8lb sledge or bigger if you have it to beat the outside of the drum and break it loose. Works for me on 2.5 ton+ brakes that get froze up due to lack of movement by operators. Dang Mday soldiers . . job security anyway. Good luck . . rust sucks
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Bigger hammer. I just had this issue with a 9". I just beat the shit out of the drum until it cracked, then I hit it some more until it came off.

Just get angry, hulk up and work that fawker like it stole money from you.
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