My 1998 K1500 drum brake stuck.

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  1. jay1039

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    I am trying to change my drum brakes on my 1998 Chevy K1500 and cannot get the drums off. The emergency brake is not engaged and I can move it back and forth but it will not pull off. Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any info on how to solve this problem would be appreciated. Thanks
     
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    The shoes have worn into the drum and created a ridge. Take a big friggin' hammer (like a small sledge--or a big sledge) and beat each side of the drum where the shoes sit. Wear ear plugs........
    This should make the shoes retract enough to slide the drum off.
     
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    Could also try rotating the drum as you pull it off to get the shoes up on that ridge.
     
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    If none of the above answers work for you, you can also try and back-off the star adjuster through a slot (if you have one) on the bottom back of the backing plate. And with a brake spoon and or screwdriver pushing and spinning on the ratcheting pawl mechanism in a downward motion to help loosen the drum as you spin it, this way if it tighten's up and drum no longer spins, you'll know you went in the wrong direction in losing it.
     
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    I did beat on it with a small sledge and nothing. I have 2 little slots at the bottom of the back plate but looks like there is metal blocking the slots. Should I punch them out with a screwdriver to get to the adjuster?
     
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    Does the drum move relative to the lug studs?

    Yes = drum grooved, hanging up on shoes.

    No = Drum rusted to the axle shaft.
     

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