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Rear brake locks up at slow speeds on 2001 cavalier

Had new brakes installed, now passenger rear brake locks up at slow speeds. brake mechanics changed drum 3 times saying they got warped and now they are saying its the fault of the hub. Does this sound right to you?

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I would have the rear brake limiter mechanism checked first as this device regulates brake pressure so it is equal to both back wheels, if this is ok i'd check that the wheel cylinders aren't sticking and that the brake shoe assembly has been replaced properly

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Testimonial: "But would that cause the drums to warp? Each time they replaced the drum, they said the old one became oval shaped, even though they were only a couple months old. They think the center part of the hub that sticks out and protrudes through the rim, doesn't protrude enough to hold the rim centered. It seems to me, even if there was play, applying the brakes while the wheels are turning would automatically center the rim. If the brakes were installed correctly."

  • steve Mar 26, 2014

    if tthey are saying the hub is worn then that would imply that the wheel bearings , that are inserted into the centre of the drum ,are wornwhich if is the case then the original drum/bearing was worn and this was the original problem that was mis diagnosed,was the brake change as a result of wear or because of a service/inspection ,i would have thought that any reasonable mechanic would ,when changing brake parts,check the wheel bearings as a matter of course.I cant see how the hub could not protrude far enough to enable drums to be fitted properley but badly worn hub through a worn wheel bearing would cause a lot of friction annd heat so could lock wheel when braking.Dont want to ask a stupid question but they are fitting the correct drum with new bearings and not reusing the old bearings ,i would have thought this very unlikely but not being able to see vehicle just trying to cover all bases,so inconclusion ask about the bearing on the original drum and why does'nt the hub protrude far enough for the new drums as it cant have shortend just worn along the shaft by bearings hope this helps sorry a bit long winded good luck h

  • steve Mar 26, 2014

    have just looked up your vehicle on google the drum and bearing are separate but the same applies to worn bearings they are fitted to hub by a seperate mechanisn which also carries the wheel studs which pass through drum then bolt wheel on so i'd still have the bearings checked which may result in a new hub assembly but once again should have been diagnosed at the time of brake over haul



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