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After tanks of progressively decreasing fuel economy, I finally got around to raising the rear wheels off the ground. Both rear wheels seem to be sticking, the driver's side worse than the passenger. So I took some sandpaper to the drums and pads and cleaned them really well with brake cleaner. When I put the drums back on, I still noticed them sticking. So I took a screwdriver and pried the emergency brake tab to loosen them at the drum. This would free them and allow them to spin. If I then pumped the brakes, they would stay free. If I set and released the emergency brake, they would stick again.
Do I need new cables?
 

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Cables or the internal mechanism in the drums that adjust the shoes are rusted shut and needs to be taken apart and have rust removed + greased up.

Someone posted a great video recently with a howto of fixing this part of the drums.
 

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webstien said:
Someone posted a great video recently with a howto of fixing this part of the drums.
Looks like I will have to go back in tomorrow and take a look at the levers. Where would I find this video?
 

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Here's the thread that contains the video:

http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=55036

My '97 used to do the same thing. I ended up having to take the parking brake levers apart, rub all the gunk off them with sandpaper, regrease the pivot points on the levers, and reassemble them. That was a year ago, and I haven't had any trouble since.

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Removal Bolt

Thanks for the link to the video.

Why is it that nobody makes mention of the really easy way to break the drum free. Take a 1/4-20 bolt and screw it into the provided hole in the drum and tighten while you beat on it. It pops free really easily and saves a lot of destructive beating and prying.
 

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Okay. got the brakes fixed. I saved a lot of time by referring to this forum, and thanks for the link to the video. The e-brake grabs much better now and the brakes completely release. I went ahead and replaced the pads and all springs. Dang this car is easy to work on! Can't wait to see what my next tank of gets me in mileage! :p
 
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