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The rear brake drum bar wont stay in place they fall out . how do i keep them in place?

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This is a mechanical system that should not be too difficult to fix. First, I'm going to assume that you have them installed in the correct location and that the end springs are on the bars. Check that your drums are not so worn that shoe adjustment is not separating the shoes so far that the bars can escape. (shoes are new or in good condition?) Next, make sure that the emergency brake cables are adjusted so that they engage about half way through lever travel That should remove any slack in the system. If cables are not free and you cannot free them with wd40 or other solvent, replace them.

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