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1994 dodge caravan rear brakes

Can not brake drums off to replace shoes. Backed off the ajustment but drum wont come loose.

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  • rob8822 Nov 15, 2008

    however, I am looking for a way to adjust the pads in (pads wore into drum!) to allow the drum to be released

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Hi,you must remove ,grease caps nuts & bearings ,afther this thy should come off, good luck..

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