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Can not remove the back drum of a 2003 saturn L 200

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  • brittany brown Nov 04, 2010

    need to get drum off

  • brittany brown Nov 05, 2010

    when you say engaged do you mean pull it up

  • brittany brown Nov 05, 2010

    so there should be a hole a the back side of each wheel or one

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If the emergency brake is not engaged it could just be the pads not being fully released. At the base of the back side of the wheel there should be a **** that is covered by a small rubber insert. If you remove the insert you should be able to use a brake adjuster or flat head screwdriver to back the adjustment off and loosen the rear pads on that side. As I remember the assembly you will want to insert the blade of the screwdriver at an angle pointing down into the slot then pull the handle of the screwdriver downward to loosen. If it were a matter of tightening them it is very easy, backup in a straight line at about 5mph and stomp the brake to actuate the auto adjuster.

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  • James Young Nov 05, 2010

    Yes, if the emergency brake arm is pulled up you won't be able to remove the rear drums. If you can you have a problem.

  • James Young Nov 05, 2010

    Yes, if the arm is pulled up that is engaged.

  • James Young Nov 05, 2010

    Just to make sure I haven't made this confusing, you do NOT want the emergency Brake engaged.

  • James Young Nov 05, 2010

    There is an adjuster hole at the bottom of each of the rear drums to access the adjuster. From what you are describing the problem is the pads are locking against the drums and not allowing you to remove them freely. Your essentially going to have to use a little more force than normal to remove them. Last time I had this problem I had to use a screwdriver to wedge into each side and work it off a little at a time until the drum dropped off. There shouldn't be any main bearing or anything holding it in place. The lug nuts are removed so those are not the issue. other than checking to make sure you don't have any pressure clips installed on the lugs holding that drum on, although it may be a little tight, it should come off.

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