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Can the break drum be removed without removing the axil and

Customer Question

can the break drum be removed without removing the axil and berings
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 1991 Ram 350 p/u Diesel
JA: How old is the engine? And when was it last serviced?
Customer: 25yrs recently
JA: Are you fixing your Ram yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i want to remove the wheel drum
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 month ago.

No, this is not a floating drum assembly on this truck. To remove the drum you have to remove the axle shaft and bearing.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
My brother said that it was a floating axil
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 month ago.

The axle can be removed without pulling the differential cover and pulling any clips from the carrier. In that sense the axle is a floating axle, however the drum is not. All mechanics call them different things, but typically floating means that nothing else has to be removed to remove the part. In other words, if the drum could be removed without pulling the axle then the drum would be "floating". On the other hand nothing additional has to be removed to pull the axle, so it is considered floating.

Expert:  Jared D replied 1 month ago.

I have a basic diagram that explains how it's done. Being that this truck is a 1991 not much is published for it anymore.