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Re: left hand drum brake won't realece
You probably need to back brake adjuster off so it will allow you to get the drum back on. The adjuster is in the center at the bottom and it ratchets up and down. You either access it from the backing plate area or from the front after putting the drum back on but either way there is a rubber plug cover that you will have to remove first to get to it. Good Luck
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Before trying to take the drum off, you could have used a rubber hammer give it a few licks around. On the back side of backing plate should be a cavity where you can use a break tool or screwdriver to release brakes from drum.
Put the drum back on and see if it will come off the right side, first.
My biggest problem is I can't see anything from here.
Okay, Sounds like you have a bad brake bleeder on the right side. Check beforehand by calling the auto parts stores to see if they carry brake bleeders. It is absolutely necessary for all lines to bleed. There is a pattern to use when bleeding brakes. The longest rear line first, next longest rear line, then the passengers front and finally the Drivers front. As each line is bled. the Master cylinder should be monitored for low fluid. When the rear brakes are working, you will hear the brake springs work when the brake pedal is pressed. It is possibly to have a plugged brake line which can only be determined once the brake bleeder releases the fluid. There can be variations in the brake adjustment, so before putting on the wheel, adjust the star wheel evenly from side to side. Hang (Fit) the drum to the axle and snug up with the lug nuts. Spin the rear wheels and note that each side is evenly touching the brake linings.
They wouldn't and couldn't, or the rear drum would not turn and the car would not move. You need a special fork tool to go behind the drum and adjust the star fitting in order to release the drum and then you will be able to check the linings and cable.
The parking brake cable is not releasing, usually due to corrosion within the cable jacket or inside the drum if it has drum rear brakes. Put the rear end up on jack stands and have a helper push and release the parking brake and watch what the cable is doing on both sides. You should be able to see the hang up. If it is inside the brake drum you may want to try a bit of WD40 applied to the cable where it enters the backing plate. Do not go overboard with it as it will collect inside on the drum's braking surface.
Put the vehicle up on jack stands or blocks, and remove the tires. Look on the backing plate of the brakes; you will see a slot at the bottom, usually with a rubber plug in it. Remove the plug, and look into it. You will see a wheel, that has groove. If you cannot remove the brake drum as is, you will need to loosen this wheel with a screwdriver or brake spoon by prying it the appropriate direction. If you've turned it, and the drum will not turn, you went the wrong direction. The wheel holds the drum on in most instances. Once you get the drum off (may require a little prying with a screwdriver or tire iron) you will see the inner workings of the brakes. study the brakes and how they're put together. You will see that if you remove the end of the springs holding the shoes in place, you will then be able to remove them and replace them. you can replace the wheel cylinder as well at this time if it's leaking or frozen up. When putting it back together, the only difference, is you will tighten that adjusting wheel until the drum will not turn, then back it off until it no longer rubs. It will adjust itsself with use after that. Bleed the brakes if you changed the cylinder.
Sounds like you still have air in your brake lines. Make sure all your brake lines are tight. Then bleed again. Bleed the trouble side first, meaning right side, then go to front left, back left then back right, make sure that your brake fluid is also full
Have her try putting it into drive, attempt to go foreward, plant her foot firmly on the brake, put it back into neutral, then try to release hand brake. Other than that, the only thing she can do is to try and warm up brake cables (shielded part near the backing plates) with a hair dryer.(in park, so it dosen't roll over her) This generally happens when water gets into cable shield and freezes Once free, spray some wd40 or other solvent into cable opening and on cables themselves.