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1997 Pontiac Sunfire. The right rear brakes lock up.

I replaced the drums and the pads. still have the same problem. I don't see any oil leaking around the wheel cylinder. Seems to work ok with the drum off. Any ideas?

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  • macmatic Mar 18, 2009

    I have the same problem with a 2000 Sunfire. I bought the car from my GF when she was buying a Fit and she had the same problem too. Several shops replaced her rear drums and shoes which solves the problem for a couple of months but it always comes back. I'm thinking maybe it has a bad/sticky brake proportioning valve? I wish I'd been able to work on it more for her! Last darn shop replaced month old pads rotors on her!

    Specifics: Right rear locks up, especially when its been raining and the car has been sitting. Also first thing in the morning. It hasn't gotten bad on me yet but it was UNSAFE when she had it, the ABS would come on unexpectedly and cause very long stops. Could have caused several accidents. When the problem is just starting the cycle again it feels like the rear end squats down when you brake. Soon this turns into locking up.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    Same problem.

    I know I have a questionable brake cylinder in the left rear.

    I think there may be a bubble in the brake lines.

    I am going to try and bleed the brakes today to try and sole it...

  • Patrick Dennehy May 11, 2010

    Just wondering what your experience is on adjusting drum brakes. Are you getting both rear wheels adjusted the same before you set the wheels back on the ground? Let me know... TT


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You need to retract the brake shoes, via the center adjuster mechanism. As your old brake wore, the adjuster moved the shoes outward. Simply move the adjuster to retract the shoes, then slide the drum on. Then, readjust the rear shoes.

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The parking brake cable is stuck in the applied position. Try to hook the parking brake apply arm with a pry bar to the wheel hub to pry it out or disconnect the parking brake cable.

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I do brakes on these all the time.On all of the brake drums after some time they get hard to remove since the drum rusts to the axleor bearing hub. When I remove the wheel and the clips that usually come from the factory around a couple of the studs I apply heat to the drum and spin the hub.9A small propane torch will suffice since it doesn't require a lot of heat. As it warms up the drum expands and ships off the hub. Do not heat the hub or it will grow with the drum. When warm it will tap off or a light pry from the back of the drum. Without heat I cannot remove 90% of these drums.

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