1989 GMC C3500 Rear Brakes leaking oil

Tiny
BGC4C5
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  • 1989 GMC C3500
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 83,000 MILES
It seems the rear brakes are getting oil in the drum from somewhere, either brake fluid or rear end fluid. I've changed the shoes twice in the last year and oil still gets in rendering the rear brakes useless. I always change the seals and use factory parts. This is a 1989 GMC V3500, 4WD crew cab. I have a utility bed on it so it's very heavy. I NEED brakes. Imagine that. When I take off the rear wheels and drums I try to inspect where there is a oil trail, but as of yet I haven't found any. The oil runs out the back side of the drum down the tire, making it visible from under the truck. I also see oil coming out from under the cap at the lug nuts. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Brian
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Sunday, October 19th, 2008 AT 6:36 PM

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Tiny
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Make sure brake fluid is full and have someone step on brakes see if fluid comes out (it sounds like a wheel cylender) if no fluid then check differential fluid there should be a plug you can put a 3/8 ratchet in and remove stick finger in it should be at the bottm edge of plug hole if nothing gets on finger then its the axle seal but I would quess wheel cylender
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Sunday, October 19th, 2008 AT 6:54 PM
Tiny
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Yea i'll check wheel cylinders this time. Maybe that's it. I hope. I jus checked an brake fluid is low. May be on to something. Thanks
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Sunday, October 19th, 2008 AT 8:15 PM

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