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Wheel cylinders my two rear wheel cylinders are leaking and i was needing a guide to replacing them...step by step if possibe, i am fairly new to working with brakes... the vehicle is a 1987 pontiac trans am...i have the two replacment wheel cylinders....they have metric, not standard pattern.. and the emergency break feels very loose and is not functioning to its full capacity...i need suggestions on the problem with it (not sure if the cylinders caused the E brake) i have all the necessary tools ready, just the steps to do it

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I can't stress this enough, but please do not attempt such a repair, especially a brake repair if you are not a qualified mechanic. Next thing you know your Van wont stop because you were unable to successfully bleed the brakes, or something along those lines.

Have the dealer do it.

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