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2001 suzukie vitara , 4 door model, rear brakes

Ever since I had my rear brake shoes replaced, the driver's side rear brake has been dragging inside the brake drum. It feels like the parking brake is on when i put the car in reverse plus my brake pedal will drop to the floor.
I have two experienced mechanics look at it and they tell me they can not find anything wrong. The wheel cylinder has been replaced along with the brake shoes, springs, and drum. Help!

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