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2006 fusion rear brakes self-adjust too much and wear out pads very fast. Any way to defeat self adjuster??

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Not a good move
better to take the vehicle to an accredited brake repair specialist and have the movement of the callipers and adjusted cleaned and repaired or simply fit new callipers to the rear
or if drum brakes , have the cable s replaced as they may be rusting up internally and jamming up

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