Originally Posted by abervintageman42
okay can someone explain this process? i know there is a "click wheel" typed concept but first things first, i cant get the drum off, it is original so its possibly rusted on there and after i get that off would i just get a small flathead and push the click wheel down a few notches until the brakes get tighter?
The drums are probably not rusted on.
From your brief description, you may need to replace
your rear brake pads. If you cannot pull the drums off,
assuming they are otherwise free on the axle, they are
probably worn and may need to be replaces.
The drum wears down, on the inside, with time/use.
The pads automatically adjust themselves out as
the pads wear down. When the drum has been worn
down too much, they are actually thinner on the inside
where the pads rub, then they are around the lip. That
is probably why you can't just slide them off. You need
to move the adjusters so the pads back-off the drum.
Then you will be able to pull the rims off.
Instert a flat-bladed screwdriver into the slot in the back
of the backing plate. You may have to remove the rubber
plug first. Using the screwdriver, move the adjusting
lever up and use another screwdriver, or a brake tool, to
rotate the star wheel up, away from the ground. This will
back the pads off from the drum. You should then be able
to remove the drums from the axle.
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