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 Post subject: Absolute Frustration!
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 2:03 pm 
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What is the proper technique for removing the parking brake cables from the backing plates?

... I have the breaks disassembled, and I was planning on putting the backing plates in my media-blaster, but I am having trouble getting the cables out!
HEEELP!! PA-PA-PA-PLEEEASE!


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 2:08 pm 
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The brake cables are held to the backing plates by a sort of multi-fingered spring retainer. Easiest way to release them is to get a small worm-drive hose clamp of the size range appropriate to the spring retainer, unscrew the clamp all the way so it's open-sided, put it around the multi-fingered spring retainer, and tighten the clamp til all of the retainer's fingers are compressed...then give a good yank on the cable and it should come out of the backing plate.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 2:11 pm 
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eureka!!

Pure GENIUS!

I was going at them with a pair of pliers, but no-dice...

Thank You Dan.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 2:20 pm 
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Another trick that always worked for me is slipping a 1/2 box end wrench over the cable. It's about the right size to compress the retaining tabs as you push it toward the backing plate.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 4:21 pm 
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Dan, the manual I have states that the axel bearings should come right out... but I've tried using the end of the axel to pry them out, a slide hammer, (and a puller, but I couldn't figure how to apply it to the end of the housing) ...


Any more amazing insight? I know you have quite a library, my manual is not of the FSM type; It's a college dictionary sized book covering all MOPARs from 1968-77


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 6:33 pm 
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You can cut the old ones out with a cold chisel. Just stay away from the housing with the sharp edge of your chisel.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 7:29 pm 
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sethmcneil wrote:
Any more amazing insight? I know you have quite a library, my manual is not of the FSM type; It's a college dictionary sized book covering all MOPARs from 1968-77


Fraid I haven't got any rabbits to pull out of hats on this one. It's been, ummmm...ten or eleven years since I had to mess with any rear axle bearings!

But you should definitely go to this thread and get a real factory manual.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 4:49 am 
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I have removed them with a cold chisel, and it works. The factory manual even suggests this with the C clip 8 1/4" rear. The goal is to just get it out of there, and it doesn;t matter how many pieces it is in after it is removed. I think the manual suggests first distorting the race so the bearings fall out, and then cutting the race into about 3 pieces with the chisel.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:27 am 
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You need a BIG slide hammer to get the wheel bearings out.
I changed some on a 9.25 rear. My 5lb wouldn't do it, I had to borrow a 10lb.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 8:51 am 
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What rear is this? 7 1/4?

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 Post subject: Correction
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:13 pm 
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icaneat50eggs wrote:
What rear is this? 7 1/4?


8 1/4...


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 Post subject: Success!
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:29 pm 
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So I finally stopped putting off the organization of the shop; and in the prosess, found the BEST tool EVER (for now) : An Axel Bearing Puller !

onto the end of the slide hammer (12lb) it went, and PRESTO!

The right tool for the job is awful nice sometimes...


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