Question about 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
Just replaced shoes! now making a clunking noise when I apply the brakes.
Recheck your work
Did you install new springs?
Flush/Bleed the System?
Turn the Drums?
New Wheel Cylinders?
Posted on Jan 06, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
you need to inspect your backing plates for grooves in the pads where the brake shoes contact the backing plate. during a break job these spots are supposed to be lubed with proper non grease brake backing plate lube. some people use never sieze compound... also make sure brake shoes were installed correctly having the primary and secondary shoe correctly in it's place, if you have grooves in your backing plates then the shoes will bounce up and down as they move across the groves this will make a clicking noise, also have seen cracked brake drums make noise... give close inspection with wheels off , if you can jack rear of car off ground support with jack stands , chalk front wheels , then remove wheels on both sides but use a lug nut to hold brake drum on securley, now have someone watch and listen and watch as you let wheels spin under power of engine at low rpm , inspect and watch for possible clues...please rate my help, thanks...
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
on disc brakes there is a metal marker on them that when the pads get low on material it will make a squeeling noise to let you know its time to change the pads.. so I would say you are in need of front pads also even though they look good you are getting low.. this marker is designed to let you know its time before you get to metal to metal .. jerry
Posted on Apr 30, 2009
SOURCE: Rear brakes
ALTHOUGH THE CLUNKING SOUND COMES FROM THE REAR BRAKE AREA IT'S PROBABLY YOUR SLIP YOKE NOT THE BRAKES. TAKE OUT YOUR DRIVE SHAFT CLEAN THE SURFACE OF YOUR SLIP YOKE WITH EMERY CLOTH AND LUBE/GREASE IT INSIDE AND OUT. ANOTHER SOLUTION IS REPLACE THE YOKE WITH A NEW NICKLE PLATED ONE FOR ABOUT $60.00
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
SOURCE: Excessive brake noise
did they put break noise sealend on the pads and trums to silens the noise.also they may have not put them in rightar forgot to put all the items that when with it have onother shop look at the breaks u can even do it your self.hope this helps
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
SOURCE: rear brake makes noise
Brake drums are an old idea that was great in it's day. Disk brakes are easier to work on, inspect, and have better stopping power. This is why they are standard on the front end.
That doesn't mean to change them out or anything, this is an easy fix.
First park the car on level ground, and block the front wheel on both sides of the tire opposite the rear tire you are removing.
Put the car in park, or the lowest gear it has, but do not engage the emergency brake. (It sounds like you had the emergency brake on when you tried this last.)
Jack up the car on the side you want to work on and put a block under the suspention or the tire.
Lower the car onto the block, and make sure it is still off the ground.
Remove the tire and set it aside.
Try to work the drum off. If you are struggling to get it off still then give it a swift tap with a small hammer. Be careful not to dent the outer portion of the drum. You could place a small piece of wood on the drum before striking it. Work your way arround the drum with the hammer, and keep trying to free it from the brake shoes til it comes off.
If you have a camera get a picture of how it looks when drum is removed. This will aid you in reinstalling the new shoes.
There is a piston that forces the shoes outward when the brake pedal is pushed in. it comes out both sides of the piston to work the brakes.
There is a little wheel that looks like a sprocket inside. This little wheel pushes these small bolt looking things apart little by little as you use you brakes in reverse. it maintains the functionality of the brakes as they wear out. An arm moves the sprocket looking wheel a notch or two each time brakes are used in reverse. This will need to be reset if you change your brake shoes. It will be difficult to turn the wheel but you need to make it shorter. Turning it one direction will make it longer, the other way makes it shorter.
A spring holds the apparatus in place. Use plyers to get the spring off.
The emergency brake cable also goes to one or both of the shoes and has a lever attached. Remove it carefully, and install the new shoes the same way you take the old ones out.
It is implrtant to look at the inside surface of the drum before reinstalling it. If it has any scarring at all take it in to get it turned. Checker, Kragen, or equivelant will do this for a small fee.
Posted on Aug 22, 2009
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