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Cant get drums off to change brakes and wheel studstried everything to get them off but not sure if theres something special i need to know

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The best thing to do if you cant get to the back there is a rubber plug at the top adjust them in. If that is not possible then check for rust around where the center circle is use sand paper scuff around where it slides off, use wd40. I get 99% of them off just by using a 2 pound sledge hammer hit around the drum to break it free. Hit it hard but not enough to damage. If that dont work then you can use prybars work side to side getting it off little at a time. There should be to small holes in the front find two long screws that fit the threads install them then turn till they force it off. Thats what those are for!!!

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Make sure the parking brake is released and then using a hammer..lightly pound all around the drum while trying to pull it out at the same time...hammering will release what ever is holding it...probably seized shoes because of broken springs and so on.....

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