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Old 03-28-2003, 07:58 PM   #1
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I'm sure this is a common problem. I'm trying to inspect my rear drum brakes, and I can't get the stupid drums unstuck. They are rusted in place - no movement at all. Am I supposed to hammer on them? I have been, but I don't want to bend the things. Maybe hit them harder? Any other bright ideas?
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Yeah, I got it. I just had to beat on it. Didn't want to hurt my baby, you know? It'* awfully dusty in there, is that normal? Aside from that, everything looks ok.

The reason that I wanted to take a look at the brakes in the first place, is that sometimes when I accelerate from a dead stop, it sounds like the rear brakes aren't springing back from the drum. It'* a kind of sticky-clunk sound, very hard to describe.
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I know the sound. Probably a hub or strut. It could still be the brakes. How'd the cylinders look? How much rust on the springs and guides?
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I like to use a rubber mallet on the drums to loosen them up and get them off.
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Is there a common problem w/the rear brakes on these yr Bonnes?
I constantly have problems w/my rear brakes and I chewed a brand new drum up. The Bonne I ran into in the j/y also had rear brake problems.
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I know the sound. Probably a hub or strut. It could still be the brakes. How'd the cylinders look? How much rust on the springs and guides?
The brakes are all rusted to heck. It looks like the springs are still free, but the racheting self-adjusters are stuck. All of the pivot points are sticky, to say the least. The cylinders and drums themselves looked okay. For the time being, I just emptied/brushed a ton of brake dust out of them. I'll wait to mess with them any more until I know what the heck i'm doing. I really need to get me a service manual.

I had a hard time getting the second drum past the linings. I couldn't find any hole or star-wheel to turn to disengage the pads. Did I just miss it, or could I not have one?

As for the sound, I think I may have found it. Either that or another issue altogether. I think I might have a wheel bearing going out, passenger side rear. I'll do another post on that one though.
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