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How to Remove the Front Brake Drums on a 1971 Ford Bronco

The 1971 Ford Bronco was one of the original sport utility vehicles. It came equipped with four-wheel drum brakes. Underneath the brake drums are two brake shoes that expand outward every time you step on the brakes in order to stop the Bronco. Each time this happens, the brake shoes wear down slightly until you finally need to replace them. If you have basic auto-repair experience and about two hours of free time, you can remove the front brake drums to perform a brake job on your '71 Bronco.

Tools Used: Wheel chocks, Lug wrench, Floor jack, 2 jack stands, Drop pan, Screwdriver, Brake cleaner, Dead blow hammer

Remove the Front Brake Drums

Shove the wheel chocks against the '71 Bronco's left-rear wheel to prevent the truck from rolling. Loosen the front lug nuts with the lug wrench. Lift the front end of the Bronco with the floor jack and support it on jack stands.

Remove the Bronco's front lug nuts and wheels by hand to expose the front brake drums.

Slide the drop pan under the left-front brake drum. Turn the star-adjuster on the back side of the brake drum counterclockwise all the way using the tip of the screwdriver.

Spray brake cleaner inside the brake drum to wash out all the brake dust. Strike the upper-center of the Drum's face with the dead blow hammer.

Pull the drum off by hand. If the drum does not pull off easily, rotate it ¼-turn and strike it again with a dead blow. Repeat the turn and strike procedure until you can pull the drum off the axle.

Move to the Bronco's right-front and repeat steps 3 through 5.

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