November 4, 2008Another brake question. I have a 97 F250 Powerstroke with 90,000 miles. My Haynes manual says I can just remove the drum, but that isn''t so. How do I go about getting the drum. Do I need to pull the whole axle out *or* what.
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November 4, 2008I had that problem on my 99 F150. The rear drum should slide off after backing the adjuster off. The center was so corroded to the hub that I ended up taking it somewhere and they had to torch it off. I ended up replacing the drum.
November 5, 2008It can be difficult if it has been on there awhile. The first thing you need to do is back off the brake adjuster, there is a rubber grommet on the rear side that you take off to get to the adjuster. You can then use a little screw driver to move it. If you move it in one direction and it clicks you are tightening the shoes to the drum. Go the other way as far as it will go. If the drum does not come off then you can take it off with a alumninum bar and hammer. I had new drums and shoes ready to go after removing mine. I had to beat mine off but eventually they came off. I would take pictures of the brake set up before starting. I took it all apart and cleaned everything. I then put on new wheel cylinders since they are really cheap and then did the brake job. Put the drums back on and adjust the shoes until they are just tight enough to not stop the drum. Bleed the brakes starting from the right rear.