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Back brake when pulling drums on brakes, how do I loosen drums from brake shoes

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  • rstoddard1 Sep 23, 2008

    from , Yes I have the same problem. I took the van to Monroe,brakes and service, They could not get the rear drums off, and so I came home, backed off the adjuster, and tried my self. NO GOOD. I even took a torch and cut the drum parallel to keep the **** and heat off of the inside components, then removing a section about 8" off the circumference. The drum can be shaken, and is not locked up. BUT still will not come free. Maybee C4???



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On drum brakes there is a pad adjustment wheel, use it to back the pads off far enough from the drum that the edge of the drum clears the pads

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Take a picture and remember how each part goes and attaches
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