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Please elaborate on what you use to prevent seized brake drum

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In a recent discussion, I described the problem of having a stuck brake drum. I had to pound it off.

A couple of you were saying you use a lubricant to prevent seized brake drums. Can you be more specific on exactly where you apply the lubricant on what lubricant you use?
 


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The best thing you can do to prevent a drum actually seizing to the axle... is maintenance. Remove drums... clean and inspect... then properly adjust the brakes.

I think yours were free on the axle... but got hung up on the shoes on the way off.

However... I use just a dab of the silver Permatex anti-seize around the center hub of the axle flange.

Warning... most people use about 5 times what they actually need. Use it sparingly.
 

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There are lots of moving parts... don't use it on ANY of them.
 

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I prefer Fluid Film for stuff like you are asking about. Apply it on the hub face. And on the face of the drum so the wheel doesn’t stick. The last part is less of an issue but it does happen.
 

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When Chevy first started putting RABS in trucks they would spread graphite power on the brake drums to keep the RABS from kicking in unnecessarily.
 

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I second the Fluid Film sprayed liberally on the axle hub itself to prevent the drum from seizing to the axle hub. I have used anti-seize in the past but as the meme suggests it gets everywhere even if you are careful.
 

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I second the Fluid Film sprayed liberally on the axle hub itself to prevent the drum from seizing to the axle hub. I have used anti-seize in the past but as the meme suggests it gets everywhere even if you are careful.
I had put a slight dab of anti seize on the studs of my 2011 right after I bought. The crap is still there and still gets on everything. Even after several good douchings with brake cleaner.
 

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Ok. Thanks for the suggestions. I never heard of the drum getting stuck on the axle hub. Never had that problem. But on more than one occasion, I had to back out the adjuster screw a bunch of turns to get the drum off. I have been using anti-seize lubricant for years. But after talking to you guys, I now know I have been applying too much anti-seize.

But this will likely be the last set of drum brakes I will ever have. I've had it with those. I just don't see why these can't be phased out for passenger cars at least. Too much trouble to install and maintain.
 
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I either have the drum stick to the axle shaft or a ring of rust gets built up around the outside of the drum and then it won't slide past the shoes unless you dial the adjuster all the way down...and even then it's often not enough and you just have to sacrifice a set of shoes. Nature of the beast... fortunately with you in AZ you shouldn't have to fight much.

I actually really like rear drum brakes. I prefer them to discs and I feel that they are superior in that application because there is more surface area for the shoes to grab leading to a mechanical advantage over a smaller surface area with disc brake pads...and the parking brakes are much simpler and easier to set up. There are also no issues with slide pins and stuff getting seized up from salt spray...big problem up here with rear discs. I truly have many, many more issues with rear discs than I do rear drums in my part of the world.

I'd never go back to front drums though. That's a hard, hard pass. Brake fade and keeping those damn things adjusted equally is a nightmare.
 

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I hate the ratcheting/screw adjusters on the disk brake/parking brake.

The drum in disk design is just stupid. Especially how they have it on the rangers.

"we put a drum brake in the disc brake to use for a parking brake, but we made it too small so you have to disassemble it to adjust it since we can't fit an adjuster in there."
If they wanted disc brakes they should have use some from a mustang or something without the Hat.



Rear drums are the way to go, especially if you have the tool for doing the springs.
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I hate the ratcheting/screw adjusters on the disk brake/parking brake.

The drum in disk design is just stupid. Especially how they have it on the rangers.

"we put a drum brake in the disc brake to use for a parking brake, but we made it too small so you have to disassemble it to adjust it since we can't fit an adjuster in there."
If they wanted disc brakes they should have use some from a mustang or something without the Hat.



Rear drums are the way to go, especially if you have the tool for doing the springs.
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I'm not fond of the Ford disc/drum parking brake either.

The conversions that use the Eldorado calipers are way better design IMHO.

That said... the drum brakes on my pick up work well enough that I would never be looking to put rear disc brake on it.
 

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I guess it depends on one's experiences and preferences. For me, I just find dealing with drum brakes unpleasant for different reasons. I've never had a bad experience working on disc brakes.

For a hobbyist or someone who really likes tinkering..................I can see why they would like working on drum brakes.
 

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I guess it depends on one's experiences and preferences. For me, I just find dealing with drum brakes unpleasant for different reasons. I've never had a bad experience working on disc brakes.

For a hobbyist or someone who really likes tinkering..................I can see why they would like working on drum brakes.
Wait till you have a Super Duty with rear discs, that wear out, and one of the pads flips over and locks up the rear brakes. Then you discover that the pistons in the calipers are stuck, the slide pins are so rusted that they are junk, and the rotors are too worn to be turned.................. I am sure glad all of that happened in my driveway but it was like $500 worth of parts.
 

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