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You may need to back off the self adjusters from the hole in the back of the hub

Please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r6016398-replacing_brake_pads_shoes . These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

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  2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  3. On vehicles without rear bearing hub, remove the dust cap, cotter pin, nut lock, wheel bearing nut and washer from the spindle. Remove the outer wheel bearing. Remove the drum with the inner wheel bearing from the spindle. If the drum is difficult to remove, remove the plug from the rear of the backing plate and push the self adjuster lever away from the star wheel. Rotate the star wheel to retract the shoes. Remove the grease seal.
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