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Rear passenger side brake keeps hoping when brakes applied

Hello. Been having problems with this car since the day i bought it. For the past year i've been experiencing a pulsation when i apply the brakes. It's a 2003 chev malibu LS. The front wheels are caliper type brakes and the rear are brake shoe type brakes. So far everyone i talk to has told me to change the rotors and that should solve the problem. Well on saturday, i went ahead and changed both front rotors, both front calipers and both wheel disc pads. I used that silver colour anti stick brake lube to ensure all parts move freely. The front brakes are working fine, but that still didnt solve the problem. On sunday i went ahead and bought brand new shoes and drums for the back and put them on mself. I used the same silver colour lube also ensure parts move freely. Additionally i went ahead and replaced both rear cylinders just incase. Problem still not resolved. I tested the parking brake, it works fine....but i wanted to see what would happen if i apply the parking brake while driving around 15kmph. When i applied the parking brake, the passenger side rear wheel kept making a knocking noise. It's as if the brake shoes are attempting to grip, but keep slipping and banging on something. All parts were secured and i set the parking brake before putting on the drums just to ensure everything worked smoothly. I dont know what else part to change in order to fix this problem?? Can anyone help?

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  • sexcboy_aj May 26, 2009

    Whats the hub flanges?? the Metal horeshoe shaped thing that holds the shoes in place?

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Hi make sure the hub flanges are clean and no rust

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  • Kevin Rahme May 27, 2009

    the hub flange is were the wheel studs are make sure that has no rust that can prevent the drum from sitting flush

    the horse shoe thing is a spring that holds the brake shoes against the backing plate

    it is possible that the new brake drum my be out of round

    hope this helps

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