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Removing rear brakes

I a trying to remove the brakes on my toyato corolla ea 100. How do I get to remove the adjustment on the brakes? There is a little hole where the adjustment is made but i do not know how to use the screw driver to take out the adjustment on the brakes?

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Sounds like your brake drums won't come off !! perhaps to tight? you will need to get one screw driver to push the adjustment finer back with the other screw driver back it off! you might want to go to a part store and pick up the adjuster tool for a couple of bucks it might be worth it these are your BRAKES

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