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Trying to remove the drum off rear wheels to service and replace break pads. wondering if there is something holding it on besides rust. cant get drum loose. is there a set key or anything holding it on? or is it just rusted so bad

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Once the star wheel adjusted is threaed all the way in the drum should come off
rust will hinder the removal too
swating the drum with a 5 pound hammer lightly will help
the star wheels are right hand threads on the passrnger side and left hand threads on the drivers side

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