Front Brake Drum, Axle Nut

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Front Brake Drum, Axle Nut

Post by stevec » Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:28 am

If you've never pulled your front brake drums (or even if you have), be sure to check and make sure the axle nut is tight and the cotter pin is in good condition and holding. I've now talked to three different people in the past year who have had problems with this nut coming loose, or just not being tight enough. The problem all have had is that if the brake drum has any play at all on the shaft, the splines will shear off, and render the drum useless.

BTW, if you've never taken that nut off, it requires a 36mm socket.
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Post by Rick Friesen » Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:18 pm

Yeah i've had the same problem with my front drums. Nut came loose and the splines followed in it's place. Couldn't find a used drum in good shape either so i bought a new one for $150. Note to self after that: make sure that dang nut is really tight!
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Post by stevec » Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:27 am

Well, at least it's the splines on the drum that shear, not the axle shaft!
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Post by Jimny » Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:53 pm

My first LJ10 I had to heat and pound the front drums off. Yes I also had to use the heavy duty puller.
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Post by stevec » Thu Feb 03, 2005 4:34 pm

:shock:

I had a couple of rear axles that I had to remove the axle shaft with the drum (taking off the 4 bolts on the backing plate) and then remove the drum. Not only was the drum frozen to the end of the shaft, but the remains of the shoes were rusted to the drum as well. Got one front axle that is being difficult (on the red LJ20 I got from you), but I haven't put all that much effort into it yet.
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Post by Jimny » Thu Feb 03, 2005 5:24 pm

but I haven't put all that much effort into it yet.
Pull hard!!! :wink:
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Post by Smuz » Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:03 pm

I had two front drums that took a 20 ton press and heating to cherry red to get 'em off. When they finally came it got kinda exciting for a while, until things stopped riccoett... eer ricocheting... eer bouncing around.
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Post by jock » Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:58 pm

And if you need a new nut just one of a VW beetle. The rear drum nut is the same thread, but a little larger.
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Post by johnshep » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:11 pm

I found one that fit my LJ80 on the front end of a subaru
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Re: front wheel nut

Post by Jimny » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:59 am

johnshep wrote:I found one that fit my LJ80 on the front end of a subaru
Good to know! COOL



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Post by Suzy » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:37 am

Hey where on the rock are you ?

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