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Rear braking when braking on 97 pontiac sunfire sometimes car slides but comes to a stop, have new rotors,tires, on a wet day i drive like a turtle when stopping, mechanic said it's my abs unit going bad, before this all started abs lights would come on and off, have not come in months,i'am a female please help, car runs good, good gas mileage, no dents,cannot afford another car.

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Check if this car has load proportioning valves fitted for the rear brakes and working correctly if it is a rear brake slide.if not check A B S sensors and the A B S control unit.if the A B S light comes on when moving it is a sensor problem.if its on with engine on with car stationeryits almost likely to be A B S unit

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I got a 1996 sunfire 4dr with 2.2 and when i go out in the morning to drive ill be going down the street tap the breaks, the rear tires lock-up, and make my rear end bounce in dry condiction, it only does...


first of all I would check the back brakes, the brakes and brake springs may need changed. the rear brakes are stickig and not retracting like they should. there could be a lot of brake dust on rear brakes, check rear brakes.

Sep 21, 2010 | 1996 Pontiac Sunfire

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How do you replace brakes on 1999 Pontiac Sunfire?


The engine size don't matter except when you order the parts. First you will want to chock the rear tires. This is a front wheel drive, when you jack the front, park wont work. you should also set the parking brake.
You will want a metric socket set and rachet, and a fairly large flat head screw driver.
Remove the wheel.
When you look at the brakes, you should see 2 bolts holding them on, If they have a star shape that looks like a screw driver might fit in it, it is a torx bit, you will need to replace the wheel and go get one. The guy at the parts store should be able to tell you what size.
I'm pretty sure it is going to be a regular hex nut, probably 12 or 13mm.
You can loosen them, but don't remove them yet.

First you need to depress your caliper. This can be done a couple ways.
I just insert a screw driver between the pad and the rotor(the shiny thing that the pads make contact with.) Carefully pry the inner pad slowly away from the rotor. Don't scratch the rotor, you can dig into the pad all you want, your putting new ones on.
Once the inner pad is all the way in, then you can remove the bolts and the caliper will slide out.
Remove the old pads and replace with the new.
Put the caliper back on, make sure you get the bolts tight.
Do the other wheel the same way.
The other way to get the caliper pushed in, by the way.
Remove the bolts, remove the caliper from the rotor, Use a large "c" clamp to depress the cylinder.

P.S. Do not under any circumstances remove your brake lines.

When you are finished with brakes and have tires replaced....

Caution!!! Before you start your car, pump your brakes a few times. Check your brake fluid. You more than likely wont need any, but you should always check it.
Also, do not add brake fluid before replacing pads, the level is going to be higher with new pads.

Back brakes will be similar if it is disc, if it is drum, do your self a favor and have some one else do it or get a service manual. I could walk you thru it, but you need more tools and you have to adjust them....
Better to pay $100 or so and have it done right.

Feb 19, 2010 | 1999 Pontiac Sunfire

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When I apply the brakes(front disc/rear drum) on my 1999 Pontiac Sunfire, it makes a popping sound with a shake.


The brakes themselves would not likely be the cause of a popping sound, but the problem may only show up during braking. The shake could be from loose steering parts or from distorted rotors. Rotors get quite hot during braking, and the faster you drive and the harder you stop the more heat they have to take. Have the brakes inspected by a qualified brake technician. (A lot of shops offer free brake inspections.) A tech will also note problems with the steering parts connected. Give the tech as much info as possible - does it happen during turns, only when braking, when accelerating, etc. The more information you supply the better the chance of catching the problem.

Dec 18, 2009 | 1999 Pontiac Sunfire

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I own a 1997 pontiac sunfire back right tire locking.


It seems that the backing plates are dirty and not allowing the brake shoe to return to it's proper position, rust builds up while not in use and causes the wheel to lock

Nov 07, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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Brake drums on a 97 pontiac sunfire how do you remove them


take tire off, remove any retaining washers, take screw driver in back of brake plate, and turn star nut until brakes are loose, don't forget to release e brake

Sep 26, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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Where is the horn relay in 97 pontiac sunfire?


is horn relay working if it makes a clicking sound?

Mar 29, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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Brakes 1996 sunfire


its normal it is just the road is wet so less traction on the tire so slips and when water gets into rotors it tend to slip not like when it dry.

Jan 03, 2009 | 1998 Pontiac Sunfire

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Rear brakes 1998 pontiac sunfire


disc brakes on back. sometimes they will stick until they get hot. sometimes will stick when they get wet. check to see about your anti brake locking system.

Nov 21, 2008 | 1998 Pontiac Sunfire

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Brakes pulsate real hard


That is just the ABS system at work. It is supposed to prevent your wheels from locking which often makes the brake pulsate, especially in wet weather or or snow or ice. The only way to really stop this is to disable to ABS by unplugging it and removing the fuse. This will make the ABS light appear in your dash, but your brakes will stop pulsating.

Jul 14, 2008 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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