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Rear brakes problem started with losing brake fluid (lots) fixed that....cylinder was bad. bought new one and replaced it. after bleeding brakes, test drove it less than 3 brakes....rubber on cylinder pushed out lost fluid. replaced cylinder again and replaced drum (poss wear)...bled brakes with brakes pressed, I can turn rear tire by hand....any solutions?

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  • danand mary Nov 06, 2008

    thanks, looked at shoes after your suggestion....the problem actually ended up being that the left side of the shoes was not behind the part it needed to be. put it where it belonged and prob. solved...thank you!



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Either the cyl isnt moving or the shoes are not adjusted up far enough

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