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I have had my fourtrax since it was new and never had a problem, but the rear brakes have frozen and I cant figure out how to get to the shoes.

can anyone help?
 

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The break drum will slide off but they usally rust to the axle so it can be really hard to remove. Also a lot of times the drum will break trying to get it off. so get some good penetrating oil and soak it down and let it set awhile then do it again and lrt it set some more. also try to tap it with a hammer. but not to hard just enough to loosen the rust a little. It's aluminum with a steel sleeve so be really careful when you tap it!........Welcome to the forums.
 

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No problem. If you have any othr questions just ask. There are a lot of smart people here.
 

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still trying to figure out how????

after being sidetracked for a while decided to take up the frozen brakes again and cant figure out how to get the axle out cant seem to get the brake housing to come off .. any suggestions for a rookie would be appreciated.
 

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after being sidetracked for a while decided to take up the frozen brakes again and cant figure out how to get the axle out cant seem to get the brake housing to come off .. any suggestions for a rookie would be appreciated.
Did you loosen the axle nuts and back them off first?
 

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Yes, only on the side with the brake drum - should I take off both sides?
No, you should be able to loosen the axle nuts on the brake side only and slide them and the washers, back on the axle. Then take out the bolts around the outer edge of the brake cover and it should come off.

The gasket probably has it stuck. You may have to spray some penetrating oil around where the brake cover meets the brake backing plate. Then tap around the edge of the brake cover with a hammer and jar it. It should come loose. If it doesn't take a screwdriver and get behind the cover and pry, but be careful not to bend or break anything. I think the backing plate is made of aluminum, so it will break real easy, so be careful.
 

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no luck yet

I cant figure out what exactly is supposed to come off. Is that a washer (apps 3 1/2" wide) holding on the housing? and should that be what Im trying to get to come off ? (posted a pic on first post today)
 

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I cant figure out what exactly is supposed to come off. Is that a washer (apps 3 1/2" wide) holding on the housing? and should that be what Im trying to get to come off ? (posted a pic on first post today)
Yeah, after you remove the axle nuts, you have to remove the big washer before the brake cover will come off. I think there's a small taper washer in front of the big washer that has to come off first. After you get the washers off, the cover should come off.
 

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there is a snap ring on sprocket side.... changed today!! brakes soon!! same problem as you... hand brake cable may be jacked foot seems good.. thats for me maybe you.. this is my first post!!! you must have got it by now... update and hello to all!!!
 

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there is a snap ring on sprocket side.... changed today!! brakes soon!! same problem as you... hand brake cable may be jacked foot seems good.. thats for me maybe you.. this is my first post!!! you must have got it by now... update and hello to all!!!
Hello and welcome to the forums.
 

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I know I'm kind of cutting into the middle of this but I am trying to replace my the brake shoes and I don't know what size the axle nut is or what tool I could use to remove it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 
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