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Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« on: September 2, 2011, 10:43:44 AM »
Does anybody now how to remove the rear brake drums off of my 96 Ram 1500? They won't slide off with out adjusting the adjusters back but there is no access hole on the backside to get to them. I have tried wacking them from the back with a BFH but to no avail they won't budge.
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #1 on: September 2, 2011, 12:27:20 PM »
Don't have a '96 and have not worked on one, but I've done thousands of drum brake jobs.  If you have drum brakes, you have an access hole to get to the adjuster.

So, that access hole HAS to be there.  Maybe the plug that fills it is covered with enough mud you don't see it?  Should be low on the backing plate, usually slightly to the rear of the axle.
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #2 on: September 2, 2011, 12:34:47 PM »
Agreed, my 2000 has access holes, as mentioned, maybe the plug is covered with shmegma.
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #3 on: September 2, 2011, 02:26:17 PM »
There is two spots on there where there should be two access holes but there is a plate covering it from the inside with spot welds holding it on. Never seen a backing plate with that before. I will have to snap a pic later.

The truck has never seen mud before. At least that I know of. I have a sixteen year old son that borrows it on occasion. lol!
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #4 on: September 2, 2011, 03:01:18 PM »
Yeah, a BFH!
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #5 on: September 4, 2011, 05:50:42 AM »
its a poppy plug / you gotta break the spot welds on the POPPY plugs to reach the adjuster / it kills me that people pay good money for DEALER PREP and most of the time it dont get done / its the original dealer that should of popped the plugs out and adjusted the brakes and then installed the rubber plugs
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #6 on: September 4, 2011, 04:58:34 PM »
If it's the usual metal plug you can hit it on the sides with a hammer and punch and kinda fold it in then grab it with a needlenose vicegrip and wiggle it back and forth to break the spot welds. That's one of the best ways to do it w/out bending the backing plate. Then you can back off the adjuster all the way and the drum will come right off.
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #7 on: September 4, 2011, 09:47:59 PM »
yup,knockouts.thats what ya do knockemout.try releasing or beating on your e-brake cables to release drums.sometimes the cables get snagged,and sticky cables hold the brakes on.makes a spongy pedal sometimes too.that and a BMFH to beat the hell outta the drums. i have had some success with a sledge on the outside or face of drum.
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #8 on: September 5, 2011, 09:19:06 PM »
its a poppy plug / you gotta break the spot welds on the POPPY plugs to reach the adjuster / it kills me that people pay good money for DEALER PREP and most of the time it dont get done / its the original dealer that should of popped the plugs out and adjusted the brakes and then installed the rubber plugs

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In the thousands of brake jobs I've done I've never seen such a thing and would have had the same reaction as Ragman. 

Factory knockouts.  Never would have occurred to me.  But, I'll remember it forever now.

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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #9 on: September 6, 2011, 12:19:44 PM »
I was gonna try and wack on the plates covering the holes but wasnt sure it was a good idea. Now I know. The truck came new from a little Dodge dealer in the middle of South Dakota so I suppose it did'nt get a real good dealer prep job when new. Now just gotta find time to look at the brakes. Life keeps gettin in the way.
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Re: Can't remove rear brake drums off 96 Ram 1500
« Reply #10 on: September 7, 2011, 12:54:16 AM »
shmegma.
LMFAO.. Schmegma. God I haven't heard that word for a while. Had a friend back in the day that introduced me to that word. And yes I know what it is. I actually know word for word the webster dictionary definition ;D
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