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56 Dodge Truck Brake Question

sabarr sabarr
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/13
Posted: 03/17/13
05:50 PM

Hey folks, new here, looking for some advice to pass along to my son, who owns a 56 Dodge pickup. Going thru the brakes, routine springtime maintenance sort of thing, has not been done before by him since purchasoing the truck.
He got the fronts apart without issue, and all looked fine. The rears have been a different story. He cannot seem to get the rear drums off. He has adjusted the pads as loose as possible, tried penetrating oil around the axle hub, tried a puller, still won't come off. Just wondering if we are missing something.
Anyone out there got one of these, and been through this before?
Thanks for any hints.  

waynep71222 waynep71222
User | Posts: 221 | Joined: 05/12
Posted: 03/17/13
10:20 PM

what type of puller do you have...

the hubs are on TIGHT...

i hate to send you off site. but this covered it well..

remove nut... but not all the way..

tighten puller ...   hit end of puller bolt with hammer to shock hub off axle...

you will probably want to search out an axle thread repairing device if the end of the axle is mushroomed slightly..

i had one of the OTC 3 leg pullers...  i actually ordered 2 extra legs for mine.. so i could bolt it to all 5 studs...  really helped..  i still run across one of the extra legs once in a while.. somebody made off with my puller...  

Bobs427 Bobs427
New User | Posts: 19 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 03/18/13
11:25 PM

Sometime there is just enough rust deposit around the Axle, and th Drum. If a rust buster won't get it. You may want to use  some heat around the I.D. of the brake drum. Try to stay on the Drum not the Axle, as that will make matters worse.

  Try using a wire brush around the I.D. of the brake Drum. Maybe just persaverence and a BFH does the trick. But you risk bending the brake drum. I think we have all been there. Good Luck


Bobs427 Bobs427
New User | Posts: 19 | Joined: 02/13
Posted: 03/20/13
06:06 AM

I apoligize I gave you some wrong information. The thread I used for help was also a thread someonelse posted as incorrect. It goes to show me even at my age I can still learn....