Agreed, but what you are going to find is that the star wheel (pinion if you wish) will not move because it has never been adjusted before. It is siezed with rust.
On my 06 that is what happened. I had to pound on that rotor so hard that the rim (friction surface part) separated from the hub part that has the five stud holes in it. That was fine because the rotors were warped anyway.
Here's what I had to do to get mine off.
My mechanic said to have someone apply the brakes hard, pinch off one of the rear hydraulic lines at the wheel then release the brake pedal.
Now start the Jeep (your on a hoist by the way, I have access to one) Now just the one rear rotor will be spinning. Your buddy is on the gas pedal to keep it moving. Now start pounding the snot out of the rim of that rotor. As the rotor starts to come off it will hit the rusty ridge and may stop rotating. Pound it back on, get it revved up again, and try again over and over untill finally that ridge is worn down enough that that final hit will allow it to come off.
Now, what I found after all that, is that the force required to get those rotors off pulled the friction material off the e-brake shoes so they were toast, and all that mounting hardware for the shoes was seized solid with rust.
If you could back off the star wheel shoe adjusters in the first place I would not have needed to go through all the preceeding grief.
Anyway I never use the emergency brake on any car so I left out the e-brake parts, silicone sealed the holes and am carrying on with my life.
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