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I need to know how to install rear brake shoes in a 2003 pontiac sunfire

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The haynes repair manual #38016, GM chevrolet cavalier and pontiac sunfire manual shows step by step how to do it. I have done it a couple time by this very helpful book. Look for it on amazon or at your local auto parts store.

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