I need to replace a brake cylinder on my '99 Sub. Do any of you have any suggestions and/or foolproof methods for freeing a drum from the axle. Nope, the shoes are not holding it on, been backed off a good deal, and the E-brake is released, and there are no retainers on the lugs. (been there before). It appears to be firmly rusted to the end of the axle where the center hole fits closely to the axle nut. I've tried tapping on it with a small sledge, using penetrating oil, waiting, then tapping some more. The danged thing is still pretty much stuck. My tapping is accelrating to whacks out of frustration now. How do ya do it. I am thinking of heating the center area with a quick blast or two with a mapp torch and tapping it some more, but I want to be careful not to get it hot enough to melt seals, burn axle lube, burn brake fluid, melt rubber parts, etc, for sure. What really works? Thanks.