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Ideas on getting a seized brake drum off

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#1 benebob


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Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:22 PM

I need a new wheel cylider for insp. Put one in tonight and went to bleed it and when I opened the bleeder it came out literally, I guess they put it on too tight and stripped it. Now the wheel cylider has frozen completely open, the two back bolts holding it on won't come out as it appears it has twisted from the force. Any ideas on how to get the darn thing off?

#2 edrach


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Posted 08 May 2004 - 02:05 PM

Soak it with a good rust penetrant. If that fails, heat should loosen it enough. And if that fails, try slicing the nut or stud off with a dremel tool.

#3 Humble Nuto 53

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Posted 08 May 2004 - 02:35 PM

a foot long 2x4 and the big hammer......

whack it and turn it then whack it again.
either it will skid off the shoes or the shoes/hardware will give

#4 Hondasucks


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Posted 08 May 2004 - 05:47 PM

I had an adjuster stick on me on my 85, stuck out and would not retract. I lowered the car to the ground and bumped the clutch a few times in first and reverse, and the rotational force, forced the shoes back to where they should have been after I turned the adjuster in.
Worth a try...

#5 ShawnW


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Posted 08 May 2004 - 08:17 PM

This can be really nasty. I had this happen on my 87 Brat I used to have.

Ultimately the solution was to heat and beat the drum until the edge crumbled and then reach in with a prybar/screwdriver and break all the clips so the shoes wouldnt pressure the drum anymore.

Another thing I tried in this situation that helped a little is you can pound the wheel studs into the brake drum. Its a tight squeeze but you can get 2 of them to pop into the inner area and then use a pick tool to fish the brake parts around thru the stud holes.

#6 edrach


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Posted 08 May 2004 - 09:21 PM

Look at it from the bright side; this would be a perfect opportunity to install the rear disk conversion. If you really break it, convert to the disk brake setup.

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