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Rear breaks lock up at slow speeds. when traveling from 0 to 10 MPH if breaks are applied abruptly 1 or both of the rear wheels will lock up before the front breaks seem to engage, especially on wet road. This is vary dangerous and on wet road can cause loss of vehicle control. At higher speeds around 35 and up when breaks are applied abruptly the vehicle will swerve to the right just for a split second then straighten out. In both cases if the break pedal depressed one or more times prior to hard breaking the breaks all stop evenly and work very well

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`right one of two problems ,firstly remove the rear drums and check for a fluid leak as a slight smear of fluid will cause the exact problems you describe ,if the rear shoes are dry then push the cylinder each side to make sure its not seized ,secondly check the load sensing valve which will be under the chassis above the back axle,if that appears ok and not seized then remove the master cylinder and take the piston out and check the rubbers and the cylinder bore for wear ,but mainly this fault is caused by the brake shoes having a slight amount of brake fluid contamination and it causes the brakes to grab

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