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Back brake drum won't go back on

The brakes on our 98 pontiac transport were locking up in the back. We changed pads and the wheel cylinder. The brake adjuster is set all the way down. When trying to put the drum back on it won't fit. Everything is set like it is supposed to be. Any suggestions?

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The parking brake cable is stuck in the applied position. Try to hook the parking brake apply arm with a pry bar to the wheel hub to pry it out or disconnect the parking brake cable.

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Check to make sure that you did not put both primary brake shoes on one side. it is common for the rear brake shoe to be a little larger than the front and sometimes a little thicker.

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