A tip - judicious use of a sledgehammer

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  1. savantuk

    savantuk Read Only Funster

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    Hi,

    On Friday last, with the van packed and ready to go, I put the van ito gear, and got nowhere..... brakedrums had seized!!

    Now, I know about moving the van regularly, and I chock the wheels instead of using the handbrake, but still, they seized!

    I phoned my local garage, who sent a mechaninc round immediately - it's an excellent garage,, and I have a great relationship. Initially, he tried dropping the clutch to try and break the 'weld', but it didnt work.

    He then took a wheel socket with a 6" bar welded on, and attacked each wheelnut violently with the sledgehammer. It looked and sounded awful, but it did the trick, without causing any damage, and it allowed us to get away without a trip to the workshop.

    Worth bearing in mind for seized brake drums in the future.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    What I don't understand is why you didn't use your own sledgehammer. Surely the sledgehammer sits between the impact wrench, compressor, duct tape and the chainsaw in your tools locker ??
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    And there's more..........

    Sledgehammer to crack a nut :Smile:
     
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    Great tip, to get the vehicle moving:thumb:
    Moving to the workshop that is, for a full inspection, there are many reasons drum brakes sieze on
    One of the most common is brake material seperation from the shoes:Doh:
     
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