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Old 10-02-2008
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Learning to do the drums this weekend...

Last Saturday consisted of my hammering my drums for hours trying to get them off. Gave up, and brought the Ranger in for a $19.99 brake inspection - hey, they will have to get it off to check, right?

OK, fast forward to yesterday. Took them 2 hours (definately wasn't worth their $19.99 worth of time) to get the drums off.

Final verdict: I am joining the notorious ford wheel cylinder club. 1 leaking cylinder, pads have 1mm left, but drums are OK, except we just warped them on you getting them off. OK, whatever, at least they are off.

They quoted me $575 for the job. Thanks you sir, I'll do it myself, BTW, thats for removing my siezed drums.

OK, called around:
Wagner quicktop shoes
Premium drums
2 cylinders
Hardware kit
tax in - $175, best price I can find (remember, Canadian prices here)

This is going to be my Saturday afternoon.

I will go get the spring plier tool, as well, but is there anything else I am missing, to get or do or should know while I am at it?

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Brake cleaner and a quart jug of Dot3 brake fluid (check your MC cap to make sure on the Dot3). Flare nut wrench or crowsfoot to break the line loose (optional, yours may not be galled up too bad, unless they use road salt).

Personally, I'd get a one-man bleed kit too, but you'll be fine without it.

Try to minimize the amount of fluid that escapes the line when you disconnect the wheel cylinders.

May also want to take a digital photo of each side before disassembly.


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Old 10-02-2008
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Your rear lines might brake getting them off. We had to replace those cause they snapped.
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Old 10-02-2008
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Yea I learned the drums a couple weeks ago too but i'm still having trouble when I have to play the snare and high hat at the same time.
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