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I am attempting to change the reaer brakes on our 2003 Sunfire and the hub/drom doesnt seem to want to come off!!! Any ideas or solutions?

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They have rust of the lip od the bell
retract the brake shoes and they should wiggle free with a bit of elbow grease

Posted on Mar 25, 2011

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