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Describe your Chevrolet Problem. Hi, I'm having problems loosening the rear drums on my 97 chevy venture so I can change the rear brakes. I don't see a loosening screw or anything, I've using liquid wrench, sledge, and prybars. I cannot turn the drum but can wiggle it with prybars about 1/16". Any advice would be great. thanks, Todd.

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. They make a special tool but a flathead screwdriver will also work. On the back side towards the bottom is a small slot use a flashlight and you will see a small notched wheel use the screwdriver to turn the wheel either up or down until the tension is off of the drum. I believe it is called a slack adjuster.

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    Notice: Do not over stretch the adjuster spring. Damage can occur if the spring is over stretched.
  3. Use the J 38400 in order remove the adjuster spring (1). Disengage the adjuster spring loop from the tab on the adjuster actuator.
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