It’s time to replace the (rear wheel) shoes on my '87 Corolla, a job I have done before when I also replaced the wheel cyl’s and bled the lines to rid them of bad humours. That repair was a success.
This time I cannot remove the drums, and I believe they are rusted onto the hubs. I am aware that the shoes can wear a groove into the drums and–by catching in that groove–prevent the drum from being removed. I think this is not the case because there is no detectable play (movement) when I pull on the drum, or when I try to turn the drum while attempting to hold the hub stationary. Also, if I pull on the the drum and turn it at the same time, there is no rubbing noise, which would be the case if the shoes were stopping the drum from coming off. I tried squirting Liquid Wrench around the lug bolts many times, but that was futile. (Once I get them off, I intend to replace the drums and cyl’s as well.)
How do I seperate the drums from the hubs, without damaging the hubs?
Can one person bleed the brake lines? (I had an assistant previously.)