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Just to confirm..it will be rear drum brakes you have on that car?
Its likely a combination of either the shoes/mechanisim within the drum isnt actually releasing or the handbrake cable for that side isnt fully backing off - the first thing id say would be remove the wheel - make sure the cars supported on axles stands on level ground,car in gear.then get round into the back of the drum/backing plate and feel if the cable is slack,give it a good tug to make sure..you'll need to have the handbrake off to check that...if its slack then the cable should be ok and not seized - the next step is get some brake cleaner.and spray in the gap between the drum and the back plate.also thorugh into the wheel nut holes and with a heavy hammer..short sharp shocks around the face of the drum .and see if that gets it to turn...if it does? The id say the next step is to get the drum off and inspect the state of the shoes and mechanisim..the drum should just pull off the bearing hub..the drum is normally held to the bearing hub with a small retaining torx screw on the face of the drum itself..and then just work the drum off..... or if you dont want to that..then as long as the drums turning then you can during a drive..breifly apply the handbrake partically might help........ However if the drum can be pulled off or is totally stuck and nothing above even shocking it to turn? then you need to get a puller and pull the drum off the shoes..this will likely damage the retaining pins that hold the shoes the back plate or damage the brake cylinder..and normally unavoidable so you will require to have new shoes/pins and new cylinder on hand just incase...But like i say above try the wheel off and brake cleaner/hammer method first..aswell as check the cable is actually slack when the handbrakes off...