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Old 09-10-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Rusty Wheels

Well, I'm finally back (or... at least... trying to be )

After parting ways with my '99 TJ in Hawaii, I've found what I thought was a great deal on a "Winter Rat" for the lovely North Country Winters here in Canad- I mean, upstate New York.

She was sitting out behind this guy's garage for the better part of the last year, rusting away. $2500??? Heck yeah, to get back in a rig! I was stoked. That is, of course, until I pulled out the wrenches.

Holy Rust Batman! I mean, wow. Granted, this is the furthest north I've ever lived, but this was shocking. I went in to the auto shop on post and hit the lugs up with a good impact wrench and got all but two of them off. The other two... well, that's what I'm here for. They won't. Come. Off.

I've got one of the two culprits drilled out within a millimeter of existence, and it just don't wanna go. That's the biggest bit I've got, so, I guess on that one I'll just have to get a slightly larger drill bit. Before I spend hours more trying to drill out the remaining lug, though, is there a better way??? I've used the lug remover tool craftsman makes, but all it did was to literally tear the remaining lug in half.

Also, I'm trying to replace the drums and shoes, but I've got something all barked up on the right rear. Let me preface by saying that they have never been changed in ten years and 133k miles. The factory retaining clips were still on there. I've tried adjusting the star wheel clockwise, but it just won't budge. As a result, the drum still sits quite firmly affixed to the dadgum thing.

Any help at all on the lugs or the drum would be more than appreciated!

Edit: 2001 2.5L Auto

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Old 09-10-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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Steel wheels? Torch the nut up red hot, then try and remove em. If that don't work, cut them and the studs off with the torch. Nothing to replacing a couple of studs.

Aluminum? Keep drilling, and if you have access to it, and air hammer with a small chisel bit will work wonders.

If the star wheel is frozen, figure a new hardware set for each wheel.
On the backing plate, your see the two pins that hold the shoes to the drum. Grab em with a pair of side cutters and snip em off.

This will let the shoes move as you yank on the drums. And the drums will come off with some persuasion.

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Old 09-11-2011, 06:15 AM   #3
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