I finally found the star adjuster on the back of the brake plate. I was told to start down and turn the wheel up...when i do that it is obviously tightening the brake shes because the drum stops turning. so, i turn it the other way and it loosens up a bit but then after a number of turns starts making a popping sound like it isnt moving anymore. any help?
It doesn't take much to get the clearance to take off the drum.. Rotate the drum backwards as you pull it off. If you need moe back off, you will need to reach into the aduster slot with a small screw driver and hold the actuator off the star adjuster, then it will turn easily. Good Luck
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you have to get under truck look for access hole at backing plate you need brake adjusting tool to turn adjusting star wheel until drum brakes away from brake drum so you can remove the brake drum.you need tools to remove rear wheel from drums you need a large breaker bar and large hammer and a large socket remove spindle nut.
the fluid is brake fluid frond the wheel cylinder...the reason why u cant get the drum off is either a rust lip on the drum or the rear brake shoes have ground into the brake drum...u need to adjust the self adjusting star wheel inward to loosen the rear shoes allowing the drum to be removed...on the back side of the drum is what is called a backing plate there will be a oval hole with a rubber plug in it remove it an use a brake spoon to de adjust the rear shoes by turning the brake spoon up ..if u dont have the oval hole u will need to cut it out of the backing plate there may be 2 oval stamps in the backing plate, cut out the one that is on the right when u r looking at the backing plate
If you have drum brakes, there should be a screw type device that fits between the shoes close to the bottom of the assembly. This is the "star wheel". It is the automatic self adjuster for drum brakes. It is supposed to turn and keep the rear shoes adjusted. It is fair at best because it often seizes up and stops working. You need to turn it in order to back the shoes off. Either in the drum or on the backing plate there should be a slot about an inch long. Reach in there with a screwdriver and turn the star wheel. To back the drums off you need to lift on the screwdriver to turn the wheel down. This works on both sides because one is reverse threaded to work properly. Spin the wheel as you adjust and you will be able to feel resistance when the shoes start grabbing. Back off a 1/2 turn or so until the wheel spins free again.
If you can't make this work, remove the drum and do it that way. If you can't get the star wheel to turn, it is replacable at any auto parts store. Coat the threads with an "anti-seize" coating before you put it in and don't mix them up, as I said earlier one is reverse threaded. This will help keep it working longer. With the drum off move the star wheel until the drum just slides on easily. As you adjust it keep pushing the brake shoes together to keep them tight so your adjustment is true. Also take a look at the inner portion of the drum. If you can feel a lip at the very edge of the drum, this will cause your rear brakes to be too loose. Use a hammer and tap the edge at an angle. This will chip that lip off and let your brake shoes seat properly. Hope this helps.
Many times it is necessary to retract the shoes slightly by turning the adjuster
star (inside the brake drum) to remove the drum.
If the drum is difficult to remove, remove the plug from the rear brake support plate. Push the self adjuster lever away from the star wheel using a thin screwdriver. The lever and star wheel are accessed through the hole on the rear brake support plate. Rotate the star wheel using a brake adjusting tool to retract the shoes.
Behind the backing plate of the wheel look for the adjusting hole . It is at the bottom end and has a rubber plug in it. Remove plug and use a brake spoon of screw driver and turn little gear looking thing inside hole. This will pull brake shoe away from drum. It will turn for what seems a long time but just keep going until it stops. Then try to remove drum may have to use hammer. If not turn in other direction until it stops and try again to remove drum, with a hammer until it comes off
There a rubber seal on back side of brake drum pull it out insert screwdriver there is a thing called star adjuster go from bottom and turn star adjuster up take about 20 turns your brakes have dug in linings and catching on rim but adjusting star adjuster will free them back towards center of wheel takes about 10 minutes good luck
check to be sure emergency brake is not engaged ..and that cable is not frozen/rusted keeping it from releasing at baking plate into back of drum..often there is a knock out...(dimpled.stamped impression in backing plate) where the adjusting hole should be..you would need to slam that out (or in) with a heavy drift or screwdriver you are willing to hurt..then get to the star adjuster adn back it off use lubricant around drum/backing plate area and at center (hub/drum) area where rust happens and pry with large screwdrivers 180 degrees apart between backing plate and drum wiggling and shifting positions around circumference...also a trick..open zerk fitting at that wheel cylinder and wiggle screwdrivers 'tween backing plate and drum to get shoes to close some....good luck