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The left rear brake auto ajustment will not stay set i have replaced the front rotors and pads also a complete rear brake job including new spring kit and shoes and new drums. the left rear is ok for a few brake applications but then the brake starts to drag and will not stay in ajustment could it be the cylinder causing this or the ajuster

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If the wheel cyclinder is bad it will either bleed off causing the brakes to feel soft or the pins could be stuck causing them to drag. also check that all the springs were replaced in the proper location or it may not be holding the adjuster where it needs to be.

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