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Brakes. Very 'spongy' very weak brakes, but fluid levels are fine.

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Remove the rear brake drums and adjust the rear brakes manualy ,dont forget to remove the lip that build up on the outer edge of the brake drum either with a coarse emery or a small disc cutter to rub it down so brakes can be adjusted to max amount inside the drums

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Master cylinder or brake booster may be going bad

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