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76 camaro
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Nov 27, 2009, 10:17 PM

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This is a town and country minni van. It was bought used years ago and I have never seen the rear brake pads. The drums are stuck meaning they do NOT move. They seem to be gaulded up over the center piece (bearing cap, hub or whatever). I have in the past had the problem with ridges on the inside surface from wear of the drum but this is not that. I thought about heating up the drum and knocking it loose with a dead blow hammer but could heat crack the drum? What is a good trick? I have beat the daylights out of these drums and they won't budge. Thanks.


Hammer Time
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Nov 28, 2009, 8:11 AM

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What year is the van?




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76 camaro
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Nov 28, 2009, 10:05 AM

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Sorry, This is a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country mini van with rear drum brakes. Thanks


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Nov 28, 2009, 10:55 AM

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If the drum is stuck around the hub area, then spray some penetrating oil around that area generously. Take a very heavy hammer and hit the drum on the edge in a direction toward the hub. What I mean is don't hit in a "back" direction as that will bend the drum but hit from the side so the impact is directly toward the hub. Rotate the drum as you do this and that should break the hub free.

If the hub is free but it's caught on the brake shoes, here are the factory instructions.


REMOVAL
  1. Remove the tire and wheel assembly from the vehicle. Remove the park brake cable for the wheel of the vehicle that is being worked on, from the parking brake cable equalizer). This is required to gain access to the star wheel. If the cable is not removed from the equalizer, the cable and spring inside of the brake drum is in the way of the star wheel.
  2. Remove the rear brake shoe adjusting hole cover plug.
  3. Insert a thin screwdriver into brake adjusting hole and hold adjusting lever away from notches of adjusting screw star wheel.
  4. Insert Tool C-3784 into brake adjusting hole and engage notches of brake adjusting screw star wheel. Release brake adjustment by prying down with adjusting tool.
  5. Remove rear brake drum from rear hub/bearing assembly.





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Loren Champlain Sr
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Nov 30, 2009, 9:55 PM

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As a last resort, I've used a 1/8" drill bit to drill a hole right where the drum meets the hub (50/50 hub/drum...won't hurt either) and spayed A LOT of penetrant into the drilled hole.
Loren
SW Washington


76 camaro
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Dec 1, 2009, 7:59 PM

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Thanks for the tips. I hope to try my luck this weekend and will let you know how it turns out. Thanks again.




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