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Backing the brake adjuster off

There is a deep lip on the edge of the drum.I need to back the adjuster off, so I can get the drum off. but I can't find the adjusting lever to release the adjuster through the whole in the back. what is the trick.please help

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The star nut will probably be well to on end of the slot. I use a flat bladed screw driver ( stubby) and work at an angle to engage the teeth. It will be necessary to push a small screw driver in first to push the adjusting lever off the adjusting nut to allow you to turn it .

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It should be self adjusting (when u back up and apply the brakes, it adjusts ), and can also be manually adjusted (thru removal of the rubber plug on the backing plate). The adjuster (star wheel) can seize due to rusting and it won't adjust automatically or manually. Whenever u do a brake job, spray it w/ wd-40 and turn it back and forth several times to make sure it is free, then I put a dab of high temp. brake grease on the threads (only a small amount, as u don't want it dropping off and getting on the brake shoes).

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