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Rear brakes on a 1998 chevy cavilier

My rear brakes keep adjusting out to tight i have to ajust them down every 2-3 days what could cause this to happen

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    Mark Richard Jul 12, 2008

    Right rear brake jams and locks up. I replaced it two months ago and then again today(07/12/2008). One thing I noticed was the plate that connects to the emergency brake cable was on the outside of the rear shoe, which caused the shoes not to sit correctly. I move the plate to the rear or inside of the shoe. I am not able to tell from the pictures in the manual which side they are suppose to be on. I think this was the cause and will go to the dealer tomorrow to check the diagram. Does anyone have a diagram to let me know which side the plate should be on.

    Thank you,

    Mark

  • Mark Richard
    Mark Richard Jul 13, 2008

    Right rear brake jams and locks up. I replaced it two months ago and then again today(07/12/2008). One thing I noticed was the plate that connects to the emergency brake cable was on the outside of the rear shoe, which caused the shoes not to sit correctly. I move the plate to the rear or inside of the shoe. I am not able to tell from the pictures in the manual which side they are suppose to be on. I think this was the cause and will go to the dealer tomorrow to check the diagram. Does anyone have a diagram to let me know which side the plate should be on.

    Thank you,

    Mark

  • bear001 May 11, 2010

    Need more info. Has someone recently done a brake job? Is it a standard or automatic? Do you use the E-brake at all? And last Have you taken the Drums Off and inspected Them?

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Check that the return spring tension is ok and that the cylinder pistons are free to return the shoes back to off position.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014

The rear brakes will adjust or tighten as the brake pad wear. When you drive the car in reverse this is when the brakes adjust. As suggested in the prior post, inspect the rear brakes. Pay attention to a wheel device that has ratchet. I suspect someone did a brake job and put the adjustor on backwards.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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