Removing Brake Drums


by Ted Schumacher

Trying to remove a brake drum with no success? Make sure the adjuster is fully released, the emergency brake cable is slack and the screws holding the drum to the axle are removed. Then with a lead or brass hammer, hit the brake drum with a single hard blow on the face of the drum next to the center where the axle protrudes. This sudden blow causes the drum to slam against the axle flange and the rebound will cause the drum to pop free. Repeat until this drum is loose. Suggestion - do not hit on the holes where the screws held the drum to the axle, but rather move around the circle 90 degrees.

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