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Emergency brake used to work great now it hardly does anything (might pass inspection) , this happened before i parked it for the winter and now the rear breaks are always holding. At first i thought that the cable might be sticking but i didn't notice that the rear brakes were sticking before i parked it for the winter so now im thinking that they are two separate problems. Also the casing for the brake is fully intact, looks new.

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Adjust rear brakes cable my need adjusting hope this helps

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