One of the rear brake drums must be out of kilter, as when I adjust the brakes – you know by turning that star wheel gadget – the car’s wheel turns freely without contacting the brake shoes in one part of the arc but stiffly and almost to being locked up 180 degrees away. Only one of the drums is like this, on the others shoes hit the pads pretty much all at once. So I’m taking a neighborhood walk one day and there’s a new auto shop just opened up and the have no customers. So I stop in and introduce myself, ask them if I bring my brake drum to them will the turn it for me? The mechanic there , he’s a young guy but seems pretty knowledgeable , he tells me he doesn’t have a turning machine, but even if he did he’d recommend I simply purchase a new brake drum.
What do you guys here think? Find a place who will turn the existing drum (original to the truck) provided it is within dimensional specs, or fu-git-a-bout-it and just buy a new brake drum at the auto parts store? I did a little research and I think I can buy one for around $50.