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Removing stuck brake drums
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  1. #1
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    Post Removing stuck brake drums

    Sometimes you will find on a cortina that the brake drums are stuck

    and wont come off as they should.

    you have removed the screw (if its still there) more often than not these

    days it will be gone.

    put the car on axles stands and chock the front wheel

    there are 2 reasons why these wont come off...


    1. they are stuck on the axle flange from corrosion
    2. brake shoes are worn into the drum holding them on from a ridge that has developed
    3. sometimes from this there is also a groove in the brake drum


    The fix


    1. back of the adjuster on the backing plate of the brake drum usually a little square bolt. (anti clockwise)
    2. squirt a bit of CRC, WD40 or penetrene around the axle flange centre
    3. Get a big hammer and make sure you have enough room to swing it
    4. hold the opposite side of the brake drum with your hand
    5. then give the other side a couple of big solid hits (important to hit the correct area of the brake drum see pics)
    6. it should come flying off into your hand, if not, a couple more hits and perseverance may be needed.


    NOTE: the angle of the hammer
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    Last edited by jewels; 6th September 2008 at 05:04 PM.

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    ..................... definitely keep the fingers of the free hand on the OTHER side of the brake drum while wielding the Harley Davidson points adjusting tool!

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    just a quick question the bolt that holds the brake drum on that doesn't have to be there does it ?

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    dosed no it doesnt

    in fact sometimes this can foul on the inside of wheels putting them on out of alignment

  5. #5
    awesome that'll be rectified tomorrow or monday

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