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Old 12-06-2011, 03:16 PM   #1
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Angry So mad, need suggestions.

I picked up a Chrysler 8.25. It had a little rust but I bought it because I only paid a few bucks for it. The hub wants to spin when I mess with the yoke but the drums are locked. I have tried beating the hell out of them off and on for two days with a 3lb hammer, prying with a mini crowbar, and spraying the shz out of them with WD-40 and some other crap.

Today I pried so hard and made a little success, only to wonder if I was also removing some of the brake components. The brake lines are disconnected and the parking break lines are cut. Is rust the only thing keeping everything from moving? And what should I do? Break something, then just buy new components to fix it or toss it and find another axle?

I really want to get the stupid drum off just to see what's going on under there. How do I get it off the wheel hub?!!?!?!?!?!??

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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Have you tried adjusting the brake shoe by the manual adjuster to see if it will release? I would try adjusting it in the direction of loose quite a bit and see if it will free it up.

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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try PB Blaster.. soak each side, every nook and cranny.. then smack it with a hammer.. who cares about the components inside, they'll probably need replaced anyway.
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:38 PM   #4
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Have you tried adjusting the brake shoe by the manual adjuster to see if it will release? I would try adjusting in in the direction of loose quite a bit and see if it will free it up.
Please tell me where that is located.
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:41 PM   #5
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try PB Blaster.. soak each side, every nook and cranny.. then smack it with a hammer.. who cares about the components inside, they'll probably need replaced anyway.
I agree but if it is hung up on the shoes, why go through all of that Neanderthal banging when just loosening the shoes a little will allow the drum to come off without too much more effort!

Of course if you like banging on things with a hammer.......
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i figured he already adjusted them back :\
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:46 PM   #7
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Small oval hole on the bottom side of the axle (normal orientation) usually plugged with a rubber cover. There is a manual brake adjustment tool called an adjusting spoon to adjust the little star adjuster located just inside the hole. I believe moving it up is tighten and down is loosen. Been so long since I did one I forget which direction but the direction is pretty standard from vehicle to vehicle.
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If you don't have the spoon to work it, a couple flat head screw drivers does the trick pretty well, there will be a stop lever that you will have pry up out of the way to get it to spin down or up which ever way is loosening it (should be down) having someone with a flash light helps as well! Good luck and let us know if that did the trick!
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:27 PM   #9
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the driver side hs three boots ad the pass has one. and Ill be able to do it probably tonight. How much to convert to disc?
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Not familiar with the 8.25, but some rear-ends have a threaded hole that you can put a bolt in and press the drum off the axle. It will be in between the studs if it has one.
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Is it possible to swap the drums from my D35 onto the 8.25?
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Is it possible to swap the drums from my D35 onto the 8.25?
In case I do bust something....

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