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Rear brakes need adjustment

When the truck is jacked up the brakes do not stop the wheels from turning in rear.how do you adjust ?

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If you look at the bottom of the rear brake drum you should find a little opening sometimes it has a rubber plug inserted in it. Pull out the plug and use a thin straight screwdriver to feel for the adjuster. The adjuster has a spoked wheel on it thatyou can turn with the screwdriver just turn it a couple of clicks at a time till you feel drag on the wheel whenyou turn it by hand.

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