Hi, I started to back and up the left rear wheel locked up, forward or reverse it would not release . i did get the drum turning but i can not get it off. I have pried and beat on the drum it will not come off. any thing else I can do, I don't have a set of torches so heat is out of the question.
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If you can feel the thump of the engine when you select gear I would say the trans is working, most likely I would say that your emergency brakes are locked, your rear shoes are binding with the drum. 2 causes, a frayed cable may not be allowing you to release the the brakes, or the springs are soft in the rear brake area and not releasing. Jack up the rear put in neutral, emergency lever off, see if wheel can turn by hand, if not, remove wheel hit brake drum with rubber mallet to see if this releases the shoes off the drum. Inspect emergency brake cable first to see that there is little tension holding it. let me know how you go. cheers.
Make sure emergency brake is release. If it still. There should be two hole about 3/16" to 1/4" diameter on the drom surface. Use two 3" long bolt make sure it fit the hole's tread then screw in both hole enenly. It'll bring the drum out. Or there is not hole. Then use rubber mullet (Rubber hammer) hit from the inside edge evenly (Or top/bottom). It should be able to come out.
sometimes the emergency brake will stick even after it is released. Most drum brakes will still let it go backwards but not forward. I would pull the rear drums and check. If e/brake is stuck removing the left drum will be difficult. If so then you will have to manually adjust the brakes until drum loosens up. good luck
1) With the vehicle jacked up and supported with axle stands, remove the rear wheels. 2) Using an old, thin, flat tip screwdriver and a hammer, remove the dust cap from the brake drum. 3) Using a 1/8" punch and hammer, tap out the lock nut indentation. 4) Using a 30mm, 1/2" drive socket and ratchet, unscrew the lock nut from the axle shaft. 5) Remove the flat washer from the axle shaft. 6) Ensure the hand brake is not applied. 7) Using a soft faced hammer, strike the outside edge of the drum repeatedly and all around while at the same time applying a pulling force on the drum. (This is best accomplished using two people and could take several minutes.) Be persistent! 8) Once the drum has been removed, tap or press out the wheel bearing from the inside out. 9) Clean and re-pack the wheel bearing with grease.
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Most vehicles that have drums on the rear have a slot (maybe plugged with a rubber or plastic plug) where when the plug is removed, a "star wheel" adjuster (used to spread the brake shoes) becomes accessible with a tool called a brake spoon. If you rotate the star wheel such that the brake shoe "Spread" is less, the drum should come off. And yes, it is probably the pads catching on a ridge. Getting the drums turned might be in order...
I hope this helps you. Good luck!
OK! Front brakes not releases all the way; bad calipers or rotten insides on your flex lines (acting as a check valve holding some pressure). Rear- replace hardware and wheel cylinder,( make sure the smaller shoe is on the front halve of backing plate or it will catch and lockup.)