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2004 pontiac grand am

I install new pad nd rotors.the rear shoes looked good so i left them along.however when i remove the rear drums to inspect the rear shoes i notice the drum were very easy to remove.now the car does not stop well.could it be the rear drums need adjusted?

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    are there pads, shoes rotors drums

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    Rear rotor repair

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Did you "scuff" up the front rotors??? Sounds like the may be "glazed". Also if the rear drums did come off that easy I suggest adjusting. You should feel very slight "drag" when you spin rear drum. Good luck

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