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I have a 2004 chevy aveo. the rear driver side brake is locked. can not turn tire. how can I get the drum off. am having a lot of problems

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You will need to chock the front wheels really well to stop any chance of the car rolling forwards or backwards. Loosen the drivers rear wheel nuts slightly and lift the corner of the car on a jack to bring the wheel clear of the ground. Remove the nuts and wheel. Give a really hard hammer around the rim of the drum with a heavy hammer. Slip the wheel back on and just finger tighten two opposed nuts. Applying force to the wheel, try and rotate the wheel forwards and backwards and rock it top and bottom, if necessary hammer the wheel inner wall outwards to help break the hub loose. Once open it might be a good idea to clean as much as possible with brake cleaner spray before you start. Also make some drawings as to what goes where with regards to springs, retainers and adjusters. The issue is that the brake shoes press outwards on the brake drum. With time the drum becomes worn and this creates a lip that catches on the brake shoes as you try to remove it. Hitting the outside of the drum should knock the shoes below the rim and allow removal. When fitting new shoes screw the adjuster all the way to a closed position and centralise the shoes with respect to the hub before trying to refit the drum.

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You are going to have to access the hole in the back of the hub with a screwdriver and back off the self adjuster.

The inside of the drum looks like the below pic. The adjuster is the long horizontal cylinder above the axle. It has a gear on it. Stick your screwdriver in and turn the gear until the drum loosens.

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