Another name for machining brake drums is brake drum adjusting or turning. It is one of the most important maintenance tasks that you can perform as a part of owning a vehicle. The brake drum is, after all, the most important part of keeping your vehicle’s braking system work smoothly. If there is something wrong with your vehicle’s braking system, you will find that the brake is responding slowly, posing a risk to the passengers. If it is even worse, the brake may not work at all. So, it is important to know about machining brake drums properly.
Step 1: Collect the Necessary Tools and Materials
Brake drum machining will require different materials and tools. They are:
- Wheel chocks and blocks of wood
- Car jack
- A large rag and car grease
- Flat-headed screwdrivers
- Axle stands (at least two)
- Long metal rod
Step 2: Block the Wheels and Jack Up the Car
Carefully put the blocks before the wheels and make sure the car doesn’t move under any circumstances. Once the vehicle stops moving, elevate the rear using the car jack.
Lift the car to such a height that ensures you can easily move underneath and work. Place the car on the axle stands, and make sure that the vehicle is totally secure before you perform the maintenance.
Step 3: Remove the Wheel Drums
In the braking system, you will see that the wheel drums are a part of the braking system. You will have to remove the braking drums to have them mended professionally; you have to cut them properly as well.
Remove the brake drum adjuster cap, and, then, remove the brake drums using the metal rod. Use the screwdrivers to unscrew the screws that work as a connector between the two parts.
Step 4: Take the Drums to a Machine Shop
After you have removed the brake drums, assign an experienced mechanic to turn those. Until the drums are perfectly even, it needs to be shaved off. Without a standard garage lathe, you cannot perform this at home. So, the only solution is taking the brake drums to an auto shop.