Q: Replacing rear drum wheel cylinder.

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I just replaced the driver-side rear drum wheel cylinder and had the boot on the cylinder pinch against the inner hub, and feel like the piston inside the boot extended too far and caused it to pinch. I did not have the shoes installed when I pressed the brake pedal. Could this have happened because I did not have the shoes installed to put pressure on the cylinder?

My car has 187000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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