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I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION, AND I THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING SO HELPFUL! WHEN CHANGING THE DRUM BREAK IS THE LOCK IN FRONT OF THE STAR?

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  • kasseyallgai Jul 26, 2009

    i think i figured out what my #1 prob is. i have about a 7inch lift on my truck and the block is right in front of the break so i cant get to the lock on the star. any ideas?

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THE PRESSED METAL WASHERS IS ON THE WHEEL STUDS.YOU CUT THEM WITH WIRE CUTTERS.THEN YOU CAN REMOVE THE DRUM.MAKE SURE YOUR PARKING BRAKES IS OFF OR YOU WONT GET THE DRUM OFF.

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  • Jonah Oneal Jul 26, 2009

    you should have plenty of room if tire is off.it still be tight.i took a large slide hammer with a hook work it 4 spots on the brake drum to get it off .

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You're welcome! (I believe I was one of the one's who answered your question)

The 'lock' is on top of the star wheel teeth. Look at this,

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/drum-brake2.htm

(Copy and paste the above link into your address bar, then press the Enter key)

The 'lock' you're referring to, is part of the Self Adjuster mechanism.

Would appreciate it if you would rate my solution. Thank you.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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    joecoolvette Jul 26, 2009

    Then you're going to have to remove enough of the lifts, so you can get to the brake drums.Be sure to have jack stands under the Frame. Wheel chocks in Front of the front tires, and work on a hard level surface. All it takes is ONE mistake to get squished, or maimed!

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