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stuck brake drum

I did a search and did not see any comments on heat. my drum turns freely and i tried turning the adjuster thru the hole in the backing plate but no luck. the drum seems seized to the hub. there is no play at all like you would expect with hung up shoes. i tried the 3lb hammer on the drum edge to force the drum out but no luck. they say to not use acetlyene heat since its too hot and could warp the drum. maybe a better type of penetrant spray on the hub seam?
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Does it move at all on the hub? could it be that it is caught on the edge of the worn drum? I had one rust to the hub before but a big hammer and penetrating fluid overnight did the trick after beating the snot out of it.
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i got some pb blaster? stuff and soaked it a bit and it came loose. actually, boths sides were seized. the adjusting screw on 1 side was stuck and the shoes were pretty worn. the other side seemed to turn ok and the shoes were in bette r shape but i did both sides anyway. 10 yrs and 180k miles will really waste a set of shoes and hardware. in fact, everything looked pretty scuzzy.
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i got some pb blaster? stuff and soaked it a bit and it came loose. actually, boths sides were seized. the adjusting screw on 1 side was stuck and the shoes were pretty worn. the other side seemed to turn ok and the shoes were in bette r shape but i did both sides anyway. 10 yrs and 180k miles will really waste a set of shoes and hardware. in fact, everything looked pretty scuzzy.
180K on a set of shoes??? You musta drove on the E-Way all the time, only getting off to pee!
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had the same problem with my front rotors, they were glued on there, although something like this did the trick..

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i tried to adjust the drums last yr since i had a soft pedal. i figured a little tighter clearance on the drums might give me a better pedal feel. i thought the adjuster screw was turning than but when i got the drum off it was seized. how does the rear drum adjuster work? by using the E-brake or does it set itself when you back up and stop each time?
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My rear brakes had the same trouble. Some wd40 and a crowbar fixed it.

Note: The adjuster hole in the drums should have a rubber plug to cover it. My drums didn't. When doing my own maintenance and reviewing my Haynes repair manual I realized I had no rubber plugs. I went to the junkyard and picked up about 4 in good condition for next to nothing.
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Just for future reference, you shouldn't use a hammer on brakes, especially the drum, they will break easily. I've done it. Try to pry it of instead of hitting it.
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