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Old 11-27-2017, 09:14 AM
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My 92 LeBaron convertible was parked a year ago and when the parking brake was applied the cable came loose from lever. When I got around to repair it, I can't get the brake released. Has drums on rear(which are stuck) and discs on front. Need help in releasing. Have tried backing car up-plows two furrows in ground. Tried heating drum with heat gun and whacking drum with small sledge hammer. Didn't work. If anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate suggestions.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:45 PM
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My 92 LeBaron convertible was parked a year ago and when the parking brake was applied the cable came loose from lever. When I got around to repair it, I can't get the brake released. Has drums on rear(which are stuck) and discs on front. Need help in releasing. Have tried backing car up-plows two furrows in ground. Tried heating drum with heat gun and whacking drum with small sledge hammer. Didn't work. If anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate suggestions.

There should be a rubber grommet on the back of the drum. Pop the rubber grommet off and there should be an adjustment if you use a flashlight you can see it better. That will help you release the brake shoes to remove the drums
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:00 AM
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Thanks 05Chrysler. I'd considered your solution as I'm old enough to remember working on drum brakes. What I remember is using a slim screwdriver to hold up something in drum and using a brake tool to turn a "star wheel" to make adjustments. What I don't remember is whether to turn the star wheel down or up? Guess if it gets tighter it means I'm going the wrong way? Can you comment on this aspect of the procedure please.
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Thanks 05Chrysler. I'd considered your solution as I'm old enough to remember working on drum brakes. What I remember is using a slim screwdriver to hold up something in drum and using a brake tool to turn a "star wheel" to make adjustments. What I don't remember is whether to turn the star wheel down or up? Guess if it gets tighter it means I'm going the wrong way? Can you comment on this aspect of the procedure please.
Honestly I don't remember which way it turns either
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Thanks 05chrysler, will use trial and error and see if I can get it undone.
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