Originally Posted by Danncus
Hi. I want to remove the drums to remedy sticking brakes. I have a few questions. I want to have a good idea before setting off 140 miles to the boat, with limited resources on site.
To remove the hub nut cover does the wheel have to come off?
Are both nuts conventional thread direction?
I realise these nuts are very tight! Once the nut is off, will I need a hub puller to remove drum?
When re fitting the nut, (new) do you bounce on the breaker bar, (I don't have a torque wrench that goes past 15 ftlb.
Anything else I should know?
Depending on which hubs you have, if they are the ones with the sealed bearings:-
Yes, the nuts are right hand thread i.e. conventional.
Shouldn't need a hub puller to get them off, depending on how bad the shoes are stuck. Stuck shoes are usually due to corrosion in the cables stopping the pull off springs from pulling the shoes back, you might have to cut the cables off if they are shagged. Replace them with the red stainless ones.
It's MUCH easier to work on them with the wheels off.
The nuts are supposed to be "One shot" & not re-useable, I have re-used them in the past with a dab of Loctite-no problems. They are tightened to 270nm IIRC, i.e. 'kin tight
You won't overtighten them by hand unless you're using a 4' bar. I use an industrial 1/2" impact gun set to 300nm to put mine on.
I suspect you might end up doing a complete re-build, but that's just my experience.