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Old 10-20-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Best way of removing drums that are frozen on???

Has anyone here had experience removing rear drum brakes that are frozen on? I have an 02 ZX5 with about 114k miles and the drums have never been replaced. I've never actually done drum brakes myself. My question is two fold

a). What is the best way of getting the drum(s) to break lose? I have PB blaster which worked wonders with the front discs but those weren't rusted on nearly as bad as the rears as they've been replaced in the past.

b). What special tools, if any should I acquire for this task?

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There are two ways of removing the rear drums. One is by using the large nut in the center and on the front side of the drum. The other option is to remove the four bolts on the backside of the drum/hub assembly. This option is a little more work due to access limitations to these bolts. The front side is usually the quickest and easiest but please note that Ford recommends that the big nut must be replaced after two removal/installation cycles. It's basically a lock nut and loses it's ability to retain torque the more it it loosened or tightened. This nut also requires a considerable amount of torque to remove and reinstall. So have a big (as in long) breaker bar available for leverage (torqued at 173 ft/lbs if I remember correctly).
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I like the hub method myself.

Disconnecting the shock at the lower mount may help access.

If you have ABS, don't forget to disconnect the sensor if you use the hub method......
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