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I have a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire and it smells like somethings burning near the brakes. Someone told me my calipers could be locked up is this easy to fix?

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Well depends on your experance with replacing the brake Calipers and bleeding a vehicle with ABS system If you dont have the right tools and experance I would take it to a brake shop or find a friend who does and a six pax to help you out after all it is a safety isssue getting moveing is easy it is not being able to stop that is a bummer . If you want to try e mail me back and I will try to send you a sep by step process
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Posted on Oct 24, 2012


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theft light being on i found out that if you put the key into the ignition and turn it to the ACC position wait ten minutes turn off and take the key out, doing this 3 times will turn the theft lock off.

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first of all lights on dashbord should come on no matter security or pass key deterant is in .better check "ignition switch".

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SOURCE: Changing the front brake pads on a 2006 Pontiac Montana SV6

no that is only the older rear calipers on gm and others. the fronts do not have that style caliper and sound like the calipers are frozen and may be way your changing the pads. try opening the bleeder screw and then compressing them if they go then you need need brake hoses and if not you need calipers. god luck man

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SOURCE: 2002 Pontiac Sunfire rear brakes

Yes i fixed the problem i had to remove my backing plate and grind them smoth where the brake shoes rub on them then. I put some high temp brake grease between the shoes and the backing plate works great now!!! seems like the backing plate gets grided down by the metal from the brake shoes throug the years.. You will see the metal on the backing plate will have some ridges on them so make sure you grind them smoth

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SOURCE: rear brake diagram for 1996 pontiac sunfire

take both drums off the do one whilst looking at the other in case you forget where that little spring went

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