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Brake pads catching on drum, can't dissassemble

So we have a Geo Metro and love the car for it's gas mileage. But there's a problem. The car lost it's brakes and it leaking fluid inside the drum on the drivers rear. So, jacked up the car, removed the wheel and while attempting to slide off the drum to get to the brake pads etc, nothing. That's to say, the drum cover won't slide off of the hub more than a quarter of an inch. It's as if the brake pad is engaged and catching on the drum, preventing us from getting it off. Please help. The car isn't worth taking it to the shop for repairs (it's so old and rundown) and we'd hate to junk it over something like this. Any ideas how to get that drum apart?

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Were is the power sterring fluid located at on a 1993 geo metro

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If the cylinder is leaking, you will be replacing it, so there is no reason not to take it loose and see if you gain some extra clearence by getting the shoes to slip off of the pistons. On Metro with bearings pressed in drum you might try temporarily bolting the wheel back on so you can try to twist it while pulling. Forcing the drum off by breaking the retainers is fun and exciting but is hard on the backing plates. Better if you can get under the head of the retaining pins and cut them off.

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It's likely that the brake shoes have worn a grove into the drum. That leaves a metal lip which can make it VERY hard to remove the drum. The fluid leak may be because the hydraulic piston has popped out of its bore from excessive shoe wear.

Make sure the emergency brake is fully released and tap the drum a few times with a rubber mallet while steadily rotating and trying to pull it off. If it just refuses to let go, there is no choice but to force it off. You can use a 2 or 3 armed puller or, if a large puller is not available, a couple pry bars. If a groove is indeed worn, make sure you get it fixed before installing new shoes or the same thing will happen next time.

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You need to hit the drum a couple of times with a hammer to loosen it up.

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