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2002 Pontiac Sunfire rear brakes locking when cold???

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  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    I am experiencing the same thing with a 1997.... what are the odds that thi name plate is having similar issues... I wonder why GM is going down?



    Anyway, my car is being looked at now; it is to be determined what the fix for my car will be.

  • blueocean629 Dec 23, 2008

    when wet outside, my brakes lock on back first, from side to side, when this happens my front brakes are no good

  • lnbarbier Apr 27, 2009

    I have a '96 Pontiac Sunfire that when it sits for several hours and then back up, the rear brakes seem to be the only brakes working. Even driving forward for a few blocks will seem the same way, too. But after just a little driving the brakes operate normally. The car always rolls freely - they don't bind. I'm a little confused by what could be causing this problem. This only happens after the car sits for more than a half day and the odd behavior only lasts for a the first few applications of the brake pedal.

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Yes i fixed the problem i had to remove my backing plate and grind them smoth where the brake shoes rub on them then. I put some high temp brake grease between the shoes and the backing plate works great now!!! seems like the backing plate gets grided down by the metal from the brake shoes throug the years.. You will see the metal on the backing plate will have some ridges on them so make sure you grind them smoth

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This sounds like the wheel cylinders is leaking a little fluid. this causes the drums to stick a little prematuer

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I have a 98 and it is doning the same thing and I was told that I need to change thr rear brake shoes and drums even if they still a lot of shoes left.

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  • jdmack Sep 03, 2008

    I put rear shoes and drums on mine and it stoped them from locking up when cold.I still had alot of shoes left,but there was some glase or some thing on them.any way it worked

  • mikes old ca Sep 23, 2010

    I have the same issue only my abs light is on are they related M

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SOURCE: rear brake diagram for 1996 pontiac sunfire

take both drums off the do one whilst looking at the other in case you forget where that little spring went

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