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Old 01-24-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default 1998 SSEi brake drum help

I'm in the (should be quick) process of changing a bad wheel bearing on the passenger rear of my '98 Bonneville. The brake drum is stuck on, however. I was going to pop off the rubber grommet on the rear cover plate and adjust the star wheel back so I could remove to drum, but this car doesn't seem to have that grommet anywhere! Is there something I'm missing? I've never seen this on another car. Any other tips to get the drum off?
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PB Blaster.

Few smacks with a hammer or rubber mallet.

Big screwdriver as prybar.
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No, don't pry it. You will only warp the drum. If its really stuck to the hub face, smack the outer part of the drum directly above the hub face.
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Yes, sand the center hub...PB blaster the center hub......few good whacks with a 5#er......
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If the drum is actually free from the hub, but brake shoes are stuck in the groove on the drum, what then? Just yank until something gives?
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Sometimes if you rotate the wheel back and forth while pulling will sometimes break off the ridge that'* preventing it from pulling over the shoes.
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No, don't pry it. You will only warp the drum.
Huh. That goes against every drum brake tutorial I've read so far. Duly noted.
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there are way more people on forums and stuff. that say that that is true, and its false.
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I have pounded rear drums to kingdom come, especially on Blazers which I think are the worst, and I have never warped them......sometimes you just have to get physical, physical, I wanna get physical, let'* get into physical
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