How to Remove Stuck Brake Drums on a Golf Cart (STEPS)

Removing brake drum on golf cart

Why is my golf cart brake drum stuck?

The main reason the brake drum gets stuck on a golf cart is because of rust forming, and general wear and tear.

  • The brake drum can get rusted on the cart, in which case it will be almost impossible to get it out. It is better to keep a lookout for such possibilities.
  • A ridge can form over the outer portion of the rotor due to continuous start and stop. The ridge can get wearied in over time, and if you have the slightest tension on the brake shoes, they will refuse to come off. 
  • Sometimes the ridge can get very deep, causing a very serious problem and the drum won’t come off at all. You will need to remove this ridge to make it smooth and take out the drum of the brake in the golf cart.
  • In order to detect the mentioned friction on the brake shoes, do keep a lookout for a constant rubbing sound on your wheels.


How to remove brake drums on a golf cart?

Firstly, you will have to check the reason of your brake drum getting stuck. You can do this by trying to remove the stuck drum from the brake assembly.

  • If you can remove the drum by rotating it around the hub, then you can be sure that the pads aren’t sticking against the brakes’ surface. In this case, the issue will be related to the ridge formation over the outer portion of the rotor system that is likely to interfere with the brake’s hub or a total rusting of the drum right up to the hub.
  • If you are only able to pull out the drum from its hub, then it is definitely an issue of ridge formation.

For the easiest method, look out for a rubber grommet at the back end of the braking assembly.

  1. Remove the rubber Grommet from the rear end of the braking assembly.
  2. Using a screwdriver, push into the hole of the automatic adjuster to unlock it.
  3. Next insert a second screwdriver to rotate the lock wheel.
  4. Then safely open the drum.

 You can also use a puller for this task. Take a puller and fit its central bolt into the central dented area of the drum’s hub. Then fix the arms of the puller firmly along the outer edge of the drum and keep tightening until the central drum comes off.


Recommended golf cart brake drum removal tools:

Removing the brake drum from a golf cart requires quite a handful of tools. 

  • A puller
  • Strong drill and drill bits
  • Bolts
  • Bolt cutters
  • Screwdriver
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Angle grinder
  • Acetylene or propane torch set
  • Safety glasses  

Apart from the above list, you must also keep some water and a fire extinguisher handy in case there is a fire from the acetylene torch set.

Remember to work on the brakes sometime after you have ridden the cart since the wheels and the drums will be insanely hot from friction in case there is a brake drum problem. 


How to remove a stuck Club Car golf cart brake drum?

  • You can begin by trying to rub out some of the rusty crust that forms around the Club Car brake drums and shoes on both the sides of the wheel. I would recommend sand paper or an emery cloth for this.
  • Tighten the U-bolts and the perch of the brakes. Make sure the axle is not loose. You can do that by inspecting for scratch marks on the axle.


How to remove a stuck EZGO golf cart brake drum?     

To remove a stuck EZGO Golf Cart brake drum, you can take a look at the following steps:

  1. First spray it with a good quality cleaner but make sure it doesn’t penetrate the inside of the hub.
  2. Remove the cotter pin and the castle nut.
  3. Now it’s time to back the brake lining off with the aid of an adjuster. Carefully tap on the drum of the brake, avoiding the perimeter. If done carefully, the brake drum should come off.
  4. Please remember that by doing this, the hub will also come off as both are fastened together in the cart.


EZGO TXT brake drum removal:

To fix an EZGO TXT brake drum, follow the process below.

  1. First remove the cotter pin in the centre of the castle nut.
  2. Next make use of a fifteen-sixteenth wrench and pry out your castle nut just so that it is loosened, not entirely out in your hand.
  3. Use a 3/4thwrench to break out your lug nuts and then use a carjack to hold up the wheel.
  4. Remove your lug nuts and the wheel, exposing the brake drum.
  5. Remove the castle nut entirely now.
  6. You can now easily remove the brake drum.


How to remove a stuck Yamaha golf cart brake drum?

The safest way is to use a three-prong pulley puller to remove a stuck brake drum of a Yamaha golf cart. You can attach it around the perimeter of the hub and keep tighten the central bolt.

After the required tightening, you can hammer carefully with a 2 to 3 pound hammer. The brake drum will soon come off.

  • Turn off the main switch and remove the key.
  • Apply the parking brakes and loosen the nuts on the wheel.
  • Use a carjack to jack up the wheel.
  • Remove the brake drums by installing 10mm sized bolts into the drum and screwing them in.              


Ernie loves documenting interesting facts about golf.

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