drum brake locking up - DodgeForum.com

Go Back   DodgeForum.com > Dodge Trucks > Dodge Ram > Dodge/Ram Diesel
Log In 

Dodge/Ram Diesel Discussions on all generations of Cummins Diesel powered Rams plus the new Eco Diesel

drum brake locking up

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-03-2011, 11:10 PM
1981dodgeorange 1981dodgeorange is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 1999 dodge Cummins 2500 big injectors and cold air intake
Location: Washington State
Posts: 18
Default drum brake locking up

i have a 1999 with a 5 speed maual and when its wet and cold my rear drum brakes lock up and they are really touchy they lock up on anything snow or pavement. i have a friend with 2000 with a 6 sp and his does the same. only when its wet and cold. anyway to fix it? or wheats causing it
1999 dodge cummins. leveling kit. 315/75R16. big injectors. straight pipe. CIA. 5-speed
1981 w250 4in rough country lift. flowmaster exhaust. 360 soon to be 440
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2011, 11:04 AM
3500reddragon 3500reddragon is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2005
Vehicle: 1998.5 24v Quad Cab 4WD Laramie 3500
Location: South Florida
Posts: 34

Take the drums apart, check the status of the shoes and drums, and clean everything thoroughly. You might need to manually adjust the auto adjusters looser to get the drums off. The auto adjusters are notorious for binding up and not working properly (not adjusting tight enough, which is a different problem). The adjusters might be hard to manipulate due to this (don't forget to move the locking mechanism away from the star so that you can loosen them. It might require a spray of PBR or similar penetrating lubricant. Make sure all hardware is in good shape and lube the assembly appropriately. Verify that the thick shoes are facing the rear of the vehicle. I've seen people/shops put them on backwards, which will cause problems. Obviously something is binding up; you just have to go over it meticulously and find the problem. Brake dust gets trapped in the drums and can cause things to bind up.
'98.5 3500 Dually QC 24v 4WD Laramie, stupidly bright, red OEM paint
ATS 3 piece exhaust manifold & 5" turbo back exhaust, BHAF
Navone alternator noise filter fix for torque conv cycling issue
Next: Roof mounted GE Minigun & aim-by-sight for idiotic drivers
Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2011, 08:09 PM
codyayrton codyayrton is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2008
Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 Sport
Location: Bend, Oregon
Posts: 6

My right rear is doing the same thing. I noticed an oil spray on the inside of the wheel. I pulled the drum off and everything is saturated in oil. Hmmmmm.
Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Parking Brake Question DaKotaK 1st Gen Dakota 4 08-19-2015 09:34 PM
[General]: 2.4 Engine Dependability offgas Dodge Caravan 1 08-19-2015 10:17 AM
strange noise when turning shanes76 3rd Gen Ram Tech 6 08-10-2015 10:25 AM
brakes -- bunches of observations...long read :) funair02 Dodge Ram Van 4 08-08-2015 11:30 PM
axle seal ???? pigcatshiner 2nd Gen Dakota 1 08-08-2015 04:22 PM

brakes, cummins, locking, manual

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:06 PM.