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rear brake drum stuck

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I wanted to look at the rear brake shoes on my 2002 Safari (74K miles); I've never had the drums off. One came off easily, the other is really stuck. It seems loose at the studs and at the edge (at the shoes), but is stuck at the center of the hub. I was thinking of using a gear puller on it, but mine is not big enough; needs to be capable of about 11" diameter. Anybody have any good ideas?
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the other it almost seems as if the shoe has worn into the drum, because the drum is really loose when fully on
Look at the star adjuster at the bottom of the wheel assembly and back it off. That will/should let the shoes collapse inward toward the hub. That should let you get the drum off.

Have you tried backing off the star adjuster?
The star adjuster should be easily accessible via a hole at the bottom of the backing plate; there's a little rubber plug installed in the hole. Remove the plug and you should have access.

I'm puzzled. :confused:
I've worked on a few gm's that didn't have the rubber plug but had a knock out plate over the hole. kinda like a breaker box you pop the plate off to run a wire through
Thanks! I've never seen that before. I've learned something today. :shock:
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