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Rear brakes lock up

The rear brakes lock up and tend to skid, especially the right rear. the entire system has been replaced,drums.shoes, backing plates.etc. stopping distance as increased . slow (long) applications do ok, but quick application of the brakes makes the ABS work thus the tires feel like they are jumping

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  • scanlan1 Oct 15, 2008

    I have the same problem w/ my '96 LS.



    This all started After I had the rear brakes replaced. I have been to two brake places since, and they both tell me that I need to go to the deler to have them diagnose the problem.



    No leaks, new drums, shoes,wheel cylinders.





  • pullened Nov 23, 2008

    I have a 98 grand am that is doing the same thing. I replaced both rear hoses,both wheel cylinders, all spring hardware, new shoes. I have even replaced the abs motor which is also part of the master cylinder on this vehicle. I thought it was the speed sensors on the rear hubs so I unplugged them and dissabled the ABS system and still no change. When you stop the rear end squats and the right wheel locks up. When you let off the brake pedal the shoes stay locked. When I start to drive away the shoes release and it makes a loud clunking sound.

  • swimdillon Dec 04, 2008

    i have the same prob when ever i inspect the rears or adjust them or under adjust them it goes good for a few days than returns always happens in the right rear

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    I have a 1993 Sunbird with rear drum brakes that has the same problem, the right rear wheel locks up on most occasion when I apply the brakes, I readjusted it and it worked fine for a few days and then went back to doing the same old thing.

  • Dan Dubay May 11, 2010

    Sounds like the rear wheel cylinders are bad or you have an ABS problem. Let me know if you replaced the wheel cylinders?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    with light applications the rear brakes lock up and skid

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Rear brakes lock up

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    rear brakes lock up abs light on clunking when backing up

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    My rear brakes chatter when coming to a stop. Brand new shoes, hardware, and drums.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Been going on for a while now.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Brakes smell like they are burning

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Rear brake shoes fell apart when drum was pulled off

  • Tammy-Lyn Brown
    Tammy-Lyn Brown Sep 20, 2014

    This is a very common problem in these cars. I would know, I have one. Brakes are a huge concern with this year of Cavalier. Because of the problems it has, my advice to you is to try to find someone who won't charge a fee to just take a look at the car. I ended up just pulling the fuse out for my ABS, and putting it back in for the emissions so that there wasn't a light on the dashboard.

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Not wanting to be too general but at least trying to help I would suggest looking under the back end, and specifically at the rear backing plates and to the insides of the rear wheels, to see if you notice any fluids dripping. If these are drum brakes, then you could very well have either a wheel cylinder leaking brake fluid, causing the brake shoe linings to swell up, or it could be a leaking axle seal, allowing differential gear lube out, which will also cause the linings to swell, and minor braking will cause that particular side to lock up.
If this vehicle has rear disk brakes, or was just recently changed from rear drum brakes to rear disk brakes, it is possible that the proportioning valve in the brake line was not changed to match with the disk setup.
Drum brakes operate at approximately ten pounds per square inch pressure (10 PSI) whereas disk units operate at a lower pressure of about 2 PSI.
Just some things to look at. Some brake fluids have no smell, others are very distinctive in odor, and differential gear lube has a very distinct odor...not hard to miss once you've smelled it.

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If you checked everything suggested here in this site, replace the shoes. The materials in the linings (little or non asbestos) will have a tendecy to stick to the drum. More so if the linings sit over night and are damp.

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Whoever reassembled your rear brakes may have installed the brake shoe springs incorrectly. Wrong assembly will cause the springs to interfere with the releasing of the shoes to the drum.

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Check if the front pads were replaced with semi metalics with a EE rating on the pad hardness (marked on the edge of the pad material) If so, change pads to softer FF or FE rating and adjust rear shoes afterwards

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Check your brake shoes they may have been installed incorrectly or the spring could be installed incorrectly or the springs may be wore out their self

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
It is a good idea to only disassemble and assemble one side at a time, leaving the other side intact as a reference.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2. Remove the brake drum.
  3. Disconnect the parking brake rear cable and conduit.
  4. Remove the brake shoe hold-down springs and brake shoe hold-down pins.
  5. Remove the brake shoe adjusting screw spring.
  6. Remove the brake shoe adjusting lever and adjuster screw.
  7. Remove the brake shoe retracting spring.
  8. Remove the brake shoes from the backing plate.
  9. Remove and discard the parking brake lever clip. Remove the washer.
  10. Remove the parking brake lever from the rear brake shoe.

To install:
  1. Thoroughly clean the backing plate with brake cleaning solvent and dry completely.
  2. Use silicone grease to lubricate the brake backing plate-to-brake shoe contact areas.
  3. Apply a light coating of premium grease to the threaded areas of the adjuster. Turn the adjuster in and out to spread the lubricant. Turn the adjuster all the way down on the screw and loosen one-half turn.
  4. Install the parking brake lever to the rear (secondary) brake shoe with a new clip.
  5. Position the brake shoes on the backing plate and install the brake shoe hold-down springs.
  6. Attach the parking brake rear cable and conduit to the parking brake lever.
  7. Attach the brake shoe retracting spring.

The socket end of the brake adjuster screw is stamped with "R" or "L" to indicate that it is to be installed either on the right (passenger's side) or left (driver's side) of the vehicle. The adjuster nuts can be distinguished by the number of grooves machined around the body of the nut. Two grooves indicate a right-hand adjuster nut and one groove indicates a left-hand adjuster nut. Another way to identify brake adjuster assemblies is to check thread pitch. The right side adjuster assembly has right-hand threads and the left side has left-hand threads. If installed correctly, the brake adjuster assembly will increase in length when the brake shoe adjusting lever is operated.
  1. Install brake adjuster screw in the slots on the brake shoes. The wider slot on the socket end must fit in the slot on the front (primary) brake shoe.
  2. Install the brake shoe adjusting lever on the lever pin.
  3. Install the brake adjusting screw in the slot on the secondary brake shoe and in the slot on the brake shoe lever. The brake shoe adjusting lever should contact the brake adjuster screw.
  4. Adjust the brake shoes.
  5. Install the drums.


ADJUSTMENTS

The drum brakes are self-adjusting and require a manual adjustment only after the brake shoes have been replaced, or when the length of the adjusting screw has been changed while performing some other service operation.
Drum Installed

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2. Remove the rubber plug from the adjusting slot on the backing plate.
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  5. Engage the topmost tooth possible on the starwheel with the brake adjusting spoon. Move the end of the adjusting spoon upward to move the adjusting screw starwheel downward and contract the adjusting screw. Back off the adjusting screw starwheel until the wheel spins freely with a minimum of drag. Keep track of the number of turns that the starwheel is backed off, or the number of strokes taken with the brake adjusting spoon.
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  7. When the brakes are adjusted, make several stops while backing the vehicle to equalize the brakes on both of the wheels.
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Drum Removed
See Figure 2


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Fig. Fig. 2: When using a brake adjustment gauge, first measure the inside diameter of the drum (top) and then adjust the brakes shoes to the proper outside diameter (bottom)

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  2. Make sure that the shoe-to-contact pad areas are clean and properly lubricated.
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  4. Measure across the diameter of the assembled brake shoes, at their widest point.
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INSPECTION

See Figure 3


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Fig. Fig. 3: Measure brake shoe thickness in several places around the shoe
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