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2003 lancer rear brakes

Trying to check my rear brakes and the drum is not sliding off easily. do i need a special tool or is there something im not doing right????

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Never use a solid hammer use a rubber hammer and tap it

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Take a ball peen hammer and tap all the way around the drum alot of times the drum is seized up by the brake dust or from wear of the shoes you may need to get your drums turned. When you tap the drum use some force not like driving a nail but hard enough to accomplish something.

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I just tried to take of the drum brake to fix the rear brakes but it did not came out. I tried hard but it doesn't work. On the driver side the drum was easy to take off, but in the passenger side I...

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i think your aware of how to change the brakes if im right and your problem is the rusted drum doesnt want to come off the only way to get the old drum off is to remove adjuster plug from behind drum dustshield and adjust the shoes so that there not even close to the braking area of the drum then try and wiggle the drum off of the assembly if it is not coming off then you need to use the old nylon hammer on the drum and i mean you must hit the drum from side to side trying by hand to wiggle the drum off its a tight fit and you need to strike the drum on the face not on the fins not wanting to damage with persistance and care and patience you will eventually be able to remove the drum to service brakes take care and good luck with it

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