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    Can't remove rear brake drums !!

    Hi, i recently bought a mint 03 astra van and the rear brakes tend to give a sort of scraping noise off if the car hasn't moved for a few days. I have 2 theories on this 1. The handbrake release isn't workin correctly or 2. the shoes need changing. Simple i thought. Havin just come in from the garage after 2 hours of sweatin, swearin and some serious chain smokin I came here seekin help. I don't know if i'm just ben a knob end or what but after removin the grub screw i thought the drum should come free with some persuasion. Not a chance !!

    So Bassically does any 1 know if theres a knack for removing them or am i just proper Basic ???

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    I had the same trouble with mine mate, I had to hammer 3 screwdrivers in to try and prise it off. I'm guessing you've tried that though!

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    Yeah mate I think i'm just gonna have to go right to town on it with a couple of the lads :-)

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    Haha, would be the best plan I reckon. Will just be rusted on.

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    Hopefully you will find a rubber cover on the back plate, if you remove this there should be an arm that you can move away from the drum, this should release the shoe away from the drum making removal a bit easier.

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    Handbrake isn't on is it

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