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Brake how do i get of the rear brake drum when the emergency brake is jammed?

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I know on my shadow there is a slot ont he backside of the drum, towards the middle.  You stick a scredriver in there and it releases the shoes.  If you get a Haynes manual for it, it should show you.

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Most people do not remove the rear rotors and inspect the Emergency Brake shoes. These often peel off the metal backing on the shoe and jam inside the interior Drum of the rotor. Some people will hear a rusty grinding noise after pulling away from a stop.

These brakes have the old "star-wheel" adjusters and may need to be adjusted more loosely to remove the rotor. Its a bad system in my opinion; the drum always rusts and corrodes and the Ebrake shoes are banana peel thin. With corrosion, the drum acts like a grinder and chews up the brake shoes. Some other configurations use a mechanical link on the caliper to make the service brakes act in an Emergency. It will override a hydraulic failure, but you still need good pads on the caliper.

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On the rear wheels, the inside of the rotors act as a drum for the emergency brake shoes. You must loosen the emergency brake so that the shoes back away from the inside walls of the rotor. Loosen the emergency brake, left and right side, by loosening both nuts at the emergency brake handle. Further, the emergency brake's internal adjusting nuts are accessible through the lug holes in the hub. Then remove the rear rotors

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Traction control light is on d car is making loud noice wont move


The traction control will signal when there is a difference in speed of wheel rotation from one side to the other. Sometimes an Emergency brake can come apart inside the drum and jam a wheel.

A worse case condition would be a stripped differential gear on the axle shaft. The wheel sensors may pick up the difference in rotation of the remaining shattered parts.

Only a few things to do to see how bad stuff is. Elevate both rear wheels, put transmission in neutral and try to move rear wheels. If 1 does not move, it is either jammed inside the differential or jammed
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There is a few tricks
a. Hit it with a Hammer, Slide it back and forth and wiggle it
b. Release the Emergency Brake
c. Loosen the Emergency Brake Adjustment Screw
d. Remove the Retaining Clip that MAY BE on one or 2 of the Lug Studs
e. Hit it with a Hammer Again....

I did a Dodge Grand Caravan once and it took me over an hour of working it because they had their Brakes come apart inside and was Jamming the Drum and would not come off.... Finally got it though

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Could be the rear Emergency brakes are binding. Jack up the rear of the vehicle, put it in neutral and attempt to turn the rear wheels by hand.

You do not have to use the Emergency brakes to have problems with them. The linings fall off the metal shoe and bind up on the turning drum within the rear rotor. Then when the direction of rotation changes, the remaining brake linings regroup and jam the other way.

Sometimes the loose lining jams into small bits, pulverized, and sometimes form large chunks that jam the brakes.

Another potential problem you can check with the rear wheels off the ground and in neutral is the U-joints on the driveshaft. Popping is a symptom of play in the joints. Binding is a possibility but the joint is close to breaking at this point.

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Emergenct brake will not hold


The linkage could need to be adjusted. Or the brake shoes inside the rear drums are worn out and need to be replaced. If you accidentally drive the brake on. It doesn't take long to wear those brake shoes out. You can normally smell them when that happens. On today's vehicles they are actually designed with 3 different brake systems. Front brake disc and rotors, rear disc and rotors, and inside the rear brake rotor their is a small brake drum where the emergency brake shoes are located. The only purpose for the shoes and drums is emergency brake only (normally). Hope this helps.

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1999 F250 4x2 - was stored for 3 months and when I tried to move it - the right rear wheel turns but the left rear wheel won't turn. Took off the brakes and caliper - still won't move. I can move...


Hello, The rear rotor has 2 sets of brakes on it. The other thing is to look for slight movement in the driveshaft when it clunks. Depending on the rearend, some have to have both rear wheels off the ground to turn each side. And of course the trans in Neutral.

With the rear wheel you have an Emergency brake and a drum brake inside the center of the Rotor.
The rear of the brake backing plate has a rubber plug which is covering the Star-wheel adjustment for those drum brakes. You can try to loosen the Star-wheel to disengage the Emergency brake shoes. You can try pulling the brake cables toward the cab, to loosen the cables.

If this does not help, your Emergency brake shoe probably rusted off the brake mount and is jammed inside the drum. The linings fall off the metal like banana skins. I can tell you that if the Emergency brakes are a State safety requirement, you need to consider new rotors because the drum portion is usually trashed with rust.

I hope my Solution is very helpful to you.

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It is possible that a Emergency Brake Holddown clip is broken. There are guides built into the Brakeshoe mounts which keep the Brakeshoes from moving out of place.

When the Brakeshoe comes loose it can stay tucked in place in one direction; but when you reverse direction the loose end of the shoe catches the drum portion of the rear Rotor and jams or locks up.

The E brakes are also bad about peeling off the lining from the E brakeshoe. You need the E brake because the Service brakes do not have "Diagonal Safety" braking. There is only 1 main line going to a Tee fitting for the rear Service brakes.

Temporarily, you can gut the E brakes so you can move your Vehicle. Take off the shoes, springs, etc. and then drive to a Brake shop. If you want to fix everything yourself, you will need to TURN the drum portion of the rear Rotor at a minimum. If you do not have tools to remove the rear Calipers, etc. you will need a Flatbed towtruck.

If you have an Autoclub membership, call around for repair prices and coordinate the Towtruck with the Repair facility.

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