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Taking back drums off of brakes is there a special way because they dont seem to pull off do i have to use a hammer

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The shoes may be keeping the drums from coming off!You may need to loosen the brake adjusters ,by turning the star wheel adjusters with a screw driver blade or an adjustment tool.The drum may have a lip on the inside of the surface and the shoes have ben adjusted down under the lip diameter!

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There is an adjuster that must be turned to back of the brake shoes from the drum. Google brake adjuster for your particular vehicle.

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