2003 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 115000 miles
I just replaced the rear shoes and drums on my niece's Cavalier. Based on the thiness of the lining on the leading shoe and the fact that the little metal circular clips were still on two of the wheel studs, they may have been original equipment. I used Advance Auto silver series brake shoes and their drums which I believe were new. I reused the brake hardware which appeared to be in good shape. There is not much to the brake hardware on a 2003 Cavalier, and it has a unique horseshoe shaped device that retains both brake shoes. In any case the brake job was very straight forward BUT every time you apply the brakes more than lightly, you hear a thump, thump, thump sound coming from the rear. It sounds to me like it may just be the right rear. I have taken the drums off 10 times and do not see any rubbing, shiny spots, bent parts, hot spots or other abnormal wear. The brakes seem to work fine but the thump, thump thump cant be right (and wasn't there before I replaced the worn out brakes). When I have the car up on jacks with the new brakes installed both drums seem to spin true and feely. I dont see any sign of the parts being out of round.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 AT 12:42 AM