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Newbie Diy Tip # 432


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No diy will be as quick and easy as you think. Replacing your Tii brake drum? Remove the wheel and they should slide off just like the manual says. By slide i mean require hammering, cursing, oiling, prying, swearing, a caliper puller, rounding your brake shoe bolts, and much of your afternoon.

Tip #433: copper grease is your friend. Use it.

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Seriously though, my drivers side rear drum is stuck. Penitrating oil, caliper puller, mallett, parking brake off, brake shoe bolts backed off (well, not one, i just rounded it.

Any pro tips that dont involve me buying and learning how to use a blow torch?

Something is fishy, the other drum slid off. This was replaced by another two years ago

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One more trick...but do this VERY carefully. 

 

Loosen your lug nuts a couple of turns on the offending brake drum and drive a few feet--like up and down your driveway and apply the brakes several times.  No guarantee, but the wobble factor may be just enough to separate the drum from its hub.  May take several tries--and BE CAREFUL doing this so as not to booger anything up. 

 

That copper grease is also good to coat the mating surface of your alloy wheel and wheel hub.  Those dissimilar metals will fuse together too, making that tire change on the side of the freeway in a rainstorm much less pleasant!

 

mike

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