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1977 ford f350 rear brakes (full floating type rear axle??)?

What is a full floating type rear axle? My haynes manual says if I have this type of axle I will need to disassemble it somehow to work on my drum brakes. My neighbor says I need to disconnect the entire axle just to look at the brakes. Could someone tell my why I would have to do this-- I am mechanically inclined but have not done much work on brakes or bigger trucks.


Simply speaking, Full-floating means you can remove the axle shafts without removing the tires and brake drums and still be able to roll the vehicle. In order to remove the drums on this truck, you must remove the tires/wheels. Remove the 8 bolts that hold the axles in and remove the axles. Next you need a large socket to remove the nut and washer that holds the drum and bearings in place. Then you can service the brake shoes. Suggest you get a manual so you have torque specs, etc.
May 28, 2018

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