Right rear wheel does not rotate easily, stuck

Tiny
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  • 2000 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 125,400 MILES
I was able to rotate the right rear wheel a little then it got stuck. Only one wheel jammed. Has drum brake. Not raining, so probably not stuck in rust. Drove the car around and it drove and accelerated and stopped okay. I didn't feel a drag. Wheel not smoking. It has been happening for a few months now. How to fix? Advanced thanks.
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Saturday, June 13th, 2020 AT 10:59 PM

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Tiny
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Good afternoon,

I would hit the drum with a hammer to release the hub from the drum and remove the drum. Inspect the shoes as it sounds like the shoes are out of round and not applying smoothly.

When you do get the drum off, clean up the adjuster. I circled the adjuster in the diagram I attached.

Roy
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 9:51 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for your tip. I took the wheel and drum off. The back shoe was rusted stuck with the bottom plate. I was able to unstuck it after tapping with a hammer. The adjuster star wheel won't also rotate. Sprayed tiny bit of PB Blaster on it. How to make adjuster star wheel rotate again? Photos attached.
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 2:16 PM
Tiny
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Was that for the E brake cable?

The star wheel for the shoes will need to be removed. Then it needs to be soaked and freed up to turn nice and easy.

Roy
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 2:23 PM
Tiny
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Not sure. How to test the e-brake cable?
How to remove the star wheel for soaking without removing the brake shoes?
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 2:26 PM
Tiny
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We are not talking about the brake cable. We are talking about the brake shoe adjuster.

Free that up first.

Roy
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 2:35 PM
Tiny
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The e-brake adjuster is moving freely.
I was able to unstuck the star wheel adjuster and extended it about half an inch, without removing the shoes, just rotating with a screw driver. Now after adding some brake grease on the thread I'm trying to contract it which seems much harder.
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 3:54 PM
Tiny
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You do not use brake grease. You use WD 40 or some other type of lube.

The brake grease is too thick.

Roy
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 4:02 PM
Tiny
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The star wheel adjuster is rotating freely now. I put the drum on and engaged the e-brake to center everything. The drum was stuck. I had to use bolts through screw holes to get it out. So, something is wrong with the e-brake. I see no movement on the cable when e-brake pulled. Photo attached.
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 5:31 PM
Tiny
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It's a parking brake issue. I can move the e-brake adjuster, but it is not releasing the tension on the shoe when e-brake is dis-engaged. That is causing the wheel to get locked up. I sprayed WD40, used a screwdriver and pushed the e-brake adjuster back to normal position. Then had someone engage the e-brake and then release it. But the e-brake is not self adjusting back to normal position. How to fix?
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 9:26 PM
Tiny
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You need to replace the cable.

I attached the procedure below for you.

Roy

1. Remove the console upper cover.

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2. Remove the crash pad center facia panel.

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3. Remove the console assembly.

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4. Remove the parking brake cable adjusting nut.
5. Detach the parking brake switch assembly.
6. Remove the parking brake lever assembly.

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7. Remove the wheel.
8. Remove the brake drum.
9. Remove the brake shoes as outlined before.
10. Detach the parking brake cable from the brake shoe.

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11. Remove the parking brake cable retaining ring in the rear of the backing plate.

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12. Remove the rear seat cushion assembly and roll up the carpet.
13. Loosen the parking brake cable clamp and remove the parking brake cable assembly.

INSPECTION
1. Check the parking brake switch operation.
2. Check the parking brake lever ratchet for wear.
3. Check the parking brake cable for fraying or damage.
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Monday, June 15th, 2020 AT 3:56 AM
Tiny
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That seems like a lot of work. I am not sure I can do all that by myself. People who had the same problem simply disconnected the cable so the car is still drive-able. If I go for the disconnection route, is it easier to disconnect the cable at the brake lever or at the wheels?
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Monday, June 15th, 2020 AT 11:05 AM
Tiny
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If you disconnect it, do it at the wheel where it attaches to the brake shoes.

If you do this, you will have a minimal hand brake in case of an emergency. Consider the safety of this before doing that procedure.

Roy
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Monday, June 15th, 2020 AT 11:10 AM

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