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Old 12-21-2004, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hello again.

Sunday a.m. I went out to my '93 SSE after work and could not get it out of park. I pushed the brake pedal repeatedly, and with ever greater force, for about an hour, 'til I finally got it into gear. Yay!

Boo! The right rear wheel is locked up. I didn't want to take off my gloves, as the temp was single digits, plus right by the river, PLUS a stiff steady wind. I hate winter.

Anyway. I've got it up in the air, wheel off. Is there an easy way to back off the brake shoe, or am I screwed and doomed to cutting it off? You folks have been real helpful in the past, and I'm counting on learning from the experience, strength, and hope of others so that I don't have to learn the hard lessons myself.

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From my '92 SSE Factory service manual:

a. Make sure parking brake is released
b. Back off parking brake cable adjustment
c. Remove access hole plug from backing plate. Insert a screwdriver
through the hole and press in to push the park brake lever off its
stop. This lets the shoe and linings retract slightly
d. Apply a small amount of penetrating oil around the drum pilot hole
e. Insert a punch tool through hole at bottom of splash shield. Tap it
gently to loosen the drum.
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The right rear wheel is locked up. I didn't want to take off my gloves, as the temp was single digits, plus right by the river, PLUS a stiff steady wind. I hate winter.

Anyway. I've got it up in the air, wheel off. Is there an easy way to back off the brake shoe, or am I screwed and doomed to cutting it off? You folks have been real helpful in the past, and I'm counting on learning from the experience, strength, and hope of others so that I don't have to learn the hard lessons myself.

Thanks in advance.
WAIT!!! Your Brake Shoes are frozen to the drum. Maybe this isn't the most accepted method but when this happened to me a long time ago, I beat on the drum with a hammer. The vibration caused the brake shoes to fall away from the drum and I went on my way. From that point on I NEVER applied the e-brake when I parked my car over night in sub-freezing weather. ESPECIALY on those damp and dismal nights.
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