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I can't get the rear break rotors off

The rotor is loose, it appears to be stuck on the emergency brake which is internal. I can't find anywhere to release the tension.
Anyone got an idea

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Looking at the rotor you'll notice a hole in the hub part of the rotor. Up there where the lug bolts are. It's probably about the size of a nickle.

Turn the rotor until this hole is facing down. Straight down. Look in the hole with a flashlight. You'll see a Star Wheel.
Looks like a bicycle sprocket, and you are looking at the Star Wheel's teeth at an end view. Take a sturdy small flat tip screwdriver, and insert it in-between two teeth. You need to move the Star Wheel, either going in an upwards position, or downwards. There is also a type of flat metal bar, that keeps the Star Wheel from moving. The Star Wheel is part of the Brake Adjuster.
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/drum-brake2.htm

I can't tell you which way, as for one side of the car the Star Wheel teeth should move down, and on the other side they should move up, to bring the parking brake shoes to the inside.

There is also a flat bar of metal that keeps the Star Wheel from moving. You'll see it in the above link. It needs to be raised up a little to be able to move the star wheel.
My Corvette's use this type of parking brake system.
I would like you to look at this,
http://www.vetteweb.com/tech/vemp_0401_c3_corvette_parking_brake/kit_installation.html
Go to Page 2. On Page 2, go to the second photo down on the right side, and click on it. It will enlarge. This shows the internal parking brake setup clearly. Also clearly shows the Star Wheel on the Brake Adjuster. (This adjuster has Right-Hand threads, therefore it would be turned going up, to shorten the adjuster, which brings the parking brake shoes IN)

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Aug 01, 2009

    Wanted to add;
    As the parking brakes ride inside the rotor's 'drum', they have a tendency for one of the brake shoes to slightly rest against the drum.
    This causes wear. As the parking brake shoe is smaller in width, than the inside of the 'drum', it leaves a lip, or raised edge.
    The parking brake shoes must be adjusted far enough in, that they clear this raised edge.

    Another 'Fun Fact'. The parking brake shoes are held to the brake backing plate, by small coil springs. These babies do not hold the parking brake shoes in a stationary place very well, hence do not hold them in the exact middle.
    (The major reason that one parking brake shoe, will rest against the 'drum', slightly)

    When you go to remove the rotor, and even if you think you have the brake adjuster adjusted pretty far in, one or both of the bottom of the brake shoes will catch that edge! Or one of the sides of the brake shoes, or the top. Catch my drift?
    Adjust that brake adjuster as far in as you can. Slightly lift up on the rotor so the edge inside the 'drum', will clear the shoes. Now you have to hold the rotor, and use a device to push the shoes one way, or the other, to sneak the 'drum' past that edge.

    (Just gives you a 'warm fuzzy feeling' inside, huh?)


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