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There is a ratchet attached to the rear brake shoe to advance the star wheel. Use a screwdriver or thin piece of metal and push it out of the way and the star wheel can be turned backwards. To do this you will have to lift up on the tool you are using to turn the wheel. Hope this helps.

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