I have an old 1988 Dodge Ram Van 250 ¾ Ton.
I took the van to Crappy Tire for an oil change tire rotation etc. and they said they could not take off the rear drums to check the brakes. They said they would need to pry off the drums to inspect the amount of lining left but that might require replacing the brake shoe return springs. I asked why they did not simply warm up the drums with a torch or use a wheel puller but they said that would not work. Was the Crappy Tire mech. correct? It also seems as if the steering wheel now needs to be turned to the right before the van will drive straight. What did Crappy Tire do if anything?
I noticed that the rear brakes are rubbing (which may have been there before I took it in) but seems worse now. One of things that the Crappy Tire Mech put down on the list of needed repairs was that the emergency brakes did not work, and although it now does not work, I seem to recall it working fine before I took it to Crappy Tire.
The emergency brake cables are slack, but for some reason the emergency brakes still stay on a bit, I can hear them rub and the drums warm up too much. Is there an easy fix for this?