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1999 Cavalier rear brakes engage and lock up before front brakes engage. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Jul 23, 2008

    same problem with a 1991 cavelier

  • sarahenglish Dec 02, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with my 2001 cavalier. I have replaced the brake pads, drums, brake master cylinder, and brake booster. WHAT IS GOING WRONG!?!? distressed and fed up with wasting money and time. Thanks :{

  • jmitchell97 Dec 11, 2008

    I have a 2001 chevy cav with the same issue. I wonder if the proportioning valve by the master is messed up. I can't find any books to troubleshoot it. This valve meters the amount of brake fluid go to the 4 individual brakes for the anti lock and traction control systems.

  • dr_fixin Apr 05, 2009

    REAR brakes engage hard and fronts are barely starting to engage/



    i drove my car in reverse riding the brakes then i drove away normal again... but it came back the very next day.

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    i have the same problem. I have replaced the abs valve and module assembly and the two valves at the rear whells in the brake lines,also replaced master cyl. the car is still the same mabe worse. I need help or alot more money.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    I had the same problem on a 1999 Cav. Mechanic could not find the problem. He finally switch the brakes. Left to Right, Right to Left. Worked good until the next rain, then started again. I just had my idler puller come off, and had it replaced. Not sure about connection, but brakes are working completly different now. Also fixed a problem with my power steering.

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You have to change the rear to the front line on your master cause of the proportioning valve is not on the good wheel

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Can I replace the drums with rotor on the back for chevy cavalier 1997?

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Get new shoes and you have to have your rear drums turned (in a lathe) to correct roudness even if they are new, many times they are not perfectly round.

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Bleed master cylinder. had same prib . last night just replaced everything on back backs. i was bleeding from behind brake plate and didnt know had to do master cylinder

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