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Passenger brake (only) locks up when cold or wet

When the brakes are cold or wet the passenger rear brake only....locks up. Once the brakes have been used a few times more lock up of the passenger rear only. I have replaced the following: brake shoes, wheel cylinders (bled the brake lines front and rear), new hardware, and new machined drums. Took great pains to adjust the "adjusters" evenly and also tried turning down the adjustment for the driver side only. None of this has solved the problem. Any ideas?

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  • Karl Jan 04, 2009

    I am currently using shoes made by Bendix. I used the same brand when I replaced the rear shoes on my in-laws 2005 Cavalier and they have never since they owned it from the dealer had the problem that I have. I have also used different brands other than mentioned but no positive results. Is there a recommended brake shoe that can be purchased today?

  • Karl Jan 05, 2009

    if the lock/sticking problem as you say is normal to some degree why has it not happened to my in-laws' 2005 Cavalier, my 78 Olds Cutlas, my 2006 Colorado pick up (drum rear brakes)? All of the cars I own presently have shoes in the rear. I used the premium level shoes for the vehicles I just mentioned. They don't have this problem not even my in-laws' 2005 Cavalier. Apparently there is a Technical Service Bulletin issued by GM about this specific problem. #735018. However, the solution to this dilemna still evades the owners of these cars. If shoes with Kevlar are the cause of the problem what is the solution? What have you guys who are the industry found as a solution if Asbetos is no longer available? I do know of people who have a late 90's Cavalier and do not have a problem.

  • Karl Jan 05, 2009

    is there a particular brand of brake shoe(s) that is better to use ?

  • Tennted Jan 10, 2009

    Same thing on my 96 Cav Convertible. Both rear brakes seem to lock untill they have been pumped a few times. I was going to try bleeding the front because I thought maybe the rear were working OK and the front were slow reacting. Worse in the colder weather. Maybe some moisture in the lines? freezing up? I will let you know how I make out.

  • rescuetb Jan 24, 2009

    My Rear brakes lock up too! What a pain in the a**! Everything new pads, drum and fluid. What else can it be????

  • neicyluvsu08 Apr 28, 2009

    omg!! same problem here!!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Use the shoes u have but do what I suggested in my last post.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Yes it is a problem, try grinding a bevel on the edges of the brake shoes, that helps, also make sure the drums are turned to a semi rough surface (use course cut setting on drum lathe), these are things we tech's did to try and help this issue, but is is caused by the cold friction characteristic's of Kevlar brake shoe material, asbestos was eliminated because auto/truck techs where getting lung cancer.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Are u using a prem brand of brake shoe?(Wagoneer or Raybestas) this lock/sticking problem is normal to some degree due to the fact that asbestos was banned, the Kevlar they use now is not as good, esp when wet or cold, it tends to stick



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Same here guys damn brakes stick can only go in reverse. However i do find storing the car in a warm garagef yo can get there) usally will fix the problem after a few kicks to the bck ties whne the cars warmed up

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Most brake shoes have to pass saftey reg, so they should be ok have you bled your brakes ,it may help

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SOURCE: 96 Cavalier passenger rear brake lock up when wet or cold

Bad PROPORTION VALVE ... the back brakes should only be doing 30% of the stopping with a bad proportion valve it will send more pressure to the back during braking and cause it to lock up. Good Luck and thanks for using FIX YA

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