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    Default Cant get rear brake drums off

    Hey guys, so I'm trying to get my old rusted brake drums off my 84 and no matter what I do they wont budge. I've used about a can of jigaloo and have let sit over night. Ive beat the piss out of the old drums and still nothing. There is a little bit of movement but I thinks it's just play in the axle cause even the studs are moving. Anybody got any ideas or tricks I can use to try and get these off?

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    what kind of hammer are you using? For rotors and drums you need a sledge hammer on a 15 handle.
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    Well just about 2 min ago I got em lol. Man no wonder they were so tough to get off
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    That's pretty ugly.

    Was the rear end buried in mud or something like that?
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    That is truly spectacular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qikgts View Post
    That's pretty ugly.

    Was the rear end buried in mud or something like that?
    Lol nope, just full of cobwebs/dust and crap. This after blowing all the junk out of it.
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    Please tell me you wore a mask when you blew it out. The break dust is dangerous for your lungs.

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    Well did not really use a mask but I took precautions not to breath the dust that was blown off. Also had my shirt pulled over my mouth when doing it.

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    I was wondering about our cars and if asbestos was used...I read some regulations started taking hold in late seventies. Did our cars have stock asbestos pads? Anyone know if many of the modern replacements are still risky?

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    Most likely, yes, original pads contained asbestos. Modern replacements? Quite possibly. Do a quick Google search- a lot of Chinese and Indian low cost pads still contain it.
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    US does not allow asbestos pads. They were banned on both cars and as replacement parts in the 90s.

    our cars came with them. Up until 94-95 or so the pads on the shelf at mcparts depots probably had asbestos.

    Candidly, they worked FAR better than the crap they came out with in the mid 90s to replace them with. Those were the worst early on.

    Now days there are compounds that work as well finally - thankfully.

    Carbon fiber pads up front rock. Hawk HPS work great in back.
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    For future reference try unscrewing the bleeder screw first. Also unhooking the emergency brake cables. Hit the drum from side to side with a heavy rubber mallet will usually break them loose.
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    Ken P — absolutely! The adjuster can be turned with a straight blade from the inspection hole.

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