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02 cavalier brakes

When I break slightly the car starts to jerk and then the back wheels lock up. I got this car used with new brakes installed on it.

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Sounds like the rear brakes were not installed properly. take back where they were repaired and have them redo. not safe.

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Sounds like the abs . is there a abs light on?

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

  • graeham_5
    graeham_5 Dec 11, 2012

    It did come on for about 4 minutes while driving today

  • teds repairs
    teds repairs Dec 11, 2012

    ok is it on now



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the abs module could have dirt in the connection its a common problem or the other side could be corroded or also the speed sensor in the transmission could be faulty

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Take it back to were you had the brakes done and complain.

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you either have dust in the rear brake drums or leaking wheel cylinders. take the wheels off and inspect the rear brakes you can tell alot from that

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SOURCE: My brakes are locking up in the rear of my 2001

are they adjusted up tight? You can check this yourself. Jack up one wheel at a time, take the wheel off, take the drum off, and adjust (#16 in the picture) until the drum barely goes on.


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