you will need to loosen the adjuster to take of tension
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FIG : Rear drum brake assembly and related components-2001-02 6-cyl. Frontier and Xterra
Xterra2000-2002 With 3.3L Engine
Nissan Frontier, Xterra 1998-05
Fig. Install and tighten 2 bolts to remove a stubborn brake drum
The rear drum brakes used on these vehicles are conventional expanding shoe-type with the brake shoe lining applied to the inside of the rotating drum. An incremental brake adjuster screw is designed to actuate whenever sufficient wear occurs.
Fig. Brake shoe adjustment may need to be loosened to remove the brake drum-Quest