Originally Posted by babock
Could you tell what part broke or was it too far gone by then?
This is one reason why I pull my drums off yearly to inspect my brakes along with the bearings.
Unfortunately no way to tell what was the exact cause for pretty much all the pieces fell to the ground when I removed the drum. I suspect, though, that one of the shoe hold downs came undone and all the parts (including the loose shoe) started flopping around in the drum. The arm on the magnet was even bent/bowed so things were definitely binding in there.
Will just say.....totally glad that I had all the tools available. Once I raised the side of the RV and saw the wheel was hard to turn, it was fairly fast to remove the wheel, drum, brakes and reassemble. Having the 3000 watt generator available along with an electric impact wrench made short time of the removal and re-installation of the wheel. I also carry a torque wrench to torque the lug nuts. Only thing I now need to add to my arsenal of tools is nitrile disposable gloves.