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Rear wheel brake fluid leak. System needs overhaul.

Cannot remove rear wheel brake drums. how assembled?

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If you hit it with a hammer all around and spray it with pb blaster it will come loose,sometimes you may have to loosen the adjuster to get the drum all the way off.

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