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Have replaced the drum and the brake cylinder still having problems ...brakes are smoking and and not functioning as they should

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I had the same prob. The clip that holds the brake hose had rusted , preventing the fluid fron flowing out. This caused the rear brake shoes to stay engaged. My daughter drove it on the expressway which also burned out the rear bearings.

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Did you bleed all the air out of the system, sounds like your rear brakes are not releasing.

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