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Never play with faulty brakes. One should never have to MASH their brakes all the way to the floor board even if your pads or shoes are low.

There are many things that can cause this. Leaking master cylinder, wheel cylinders or calipers. You must first establish if any of these are faulty.

There is an adjustment on your drum brakes that might need notching up.

In any event if you are not a mechanic or very versed, you should seek the assistance of a technician.

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