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My rear brakes on my 2001 escape, have an awful grinding noise, i cant tell if the self adjuster is adjusting, and i think the emergency brake has alot of tension keeping the brakes rubbing on the drum, i took the temperature and it was 280 degrees, i've loostened the brakes, and they work for a little, but after a little driving, the noise comes back.

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Replace the shoes,they sound like they are down to the metal.

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