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A lot of guys have their own favorite trick for removing the old brake shoes. We pull the bottom of the shoes away from each other and remove the star-wheel adjuster. Once it's out, you can move the shoes around to unhook the springs that hold them to the backing plate. Semi-float axles often use coil springs with a twist lock. These can be released with needlenose pliers, and there is a specialty tool that makes it much easier.