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My emergency brake doesnt work

It never worked since I have had it...inspection time, I changed my rear brakes and both e-brakes and the cables move and are adjusted as tight as possible

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Did you check to make sure the shoes were adjusted properly, and that the brake drum is not worn too big? They have a bad problem with the drum wearing down, then it would need the new rotor.

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