1999 Chevy Suburban Driver's side rear wheel seizing

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MICHAEL MULVANEY
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 141,000 MILES
This is a K2500 with 7.4 liter. The driver's side rear wheel seizes when brakes are applied on gravel or snow covered surfaces. All pads, shoes, and rear axel seals have been replaced in the past 300 miles. This problem existed before replacement and hasn't changed. Having repaired my cars for the past 45 years, I suspected a brake proportioning valve but have been unable to find a part or even a schematic of the system. Thanks, Michael
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 10:51 AM

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Tiny
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Are you sure the primary was on front and the secondary was on the rear when the shoes were replaced?
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 3:15 PM
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MICHAEL MULVANEY
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Sure as I can be without taking it apart. Any other ideas? Michael
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 7:08 PM
Tiny
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Well you wouldn't have to take it completely apart, just the wheel and drum.

I don't expect a proportioning valve to be the problem.
Most RWD vehicles have one main line going to the rear brakes, the T off to each side. So equal pressure would be going to both wheel cylinders. (Although I do not have a hydraulic schematic for your truck either).
I could see a smashed line going to the other side keeping fluid from getting to it, and then too much fluid going to the side that's locking up.
Do you remember if both sides were wearing about the same?

Might try putting it on jack stands and run it in gear. Have someone slowly depress the pedal and see both rears will actually stop turning.

I just can't get the idea out of my head that the secondary is on the front and causing it to over-energize.
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 7:39 PM
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MICHAEL MULVANEY
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This isn't a RWD it is a FWD with a full floating rear axel, a K 2500. I'm not sure if this makes a difference, you will have to tell me if it does or not. Michael
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Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 AT 10:11 AM
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Give me the last 8 digits of your VIN.
You can send it to me in PM if you are not comfortable with posting it on the internet.

PS, I have to leave in 90 minutes to watch my son while my ex goes to an appointment.
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Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 AT 10:51 AM
Tiny
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I want to explain why I need the last 8 digits of you VIN.
Back in the old days when we used parts book and micro fiche to look up parts.
We had to ask all sorts of questions.
Say you wanted the Yoke on the front of a drive shaft.
If you had an automatic, you needed page I-17,
If you had a manual, you needed page G-20
If you had and extended frame and a 2-piece shaft, then you needed page H-12.
So if I (the parts guy) didn’t ask the right questions, or know where to look, I could possibly sell you the wrong part.

The new computers and parts programs take the human error factor out of it.
If you have VIN 123456, then the computer knows you have an Auto with a once piece drive shaft and thus only give me access to the correct page.

So the VIN is the “key” to unlocking the parts program.
Without it, the computer is just a dumb box. And will not let me look at anything.

I want to pull up a picture of your brake plumbing.
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Thursday, December 11th, 2008 AT 7:18 PM
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MICHAEL MULVANEY
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Sorry to get back so late on this but I had connectoin issues. The Vin # is XJ505465. Thanks Michael
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Friday, December 12th, 2008 AT 11:48 AM
Tiny
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I've looked at the piping for your rear brakes. And they are setup as I described in the previous post.

I cannot make any more recommendations until you do some testing / inspecting.
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Friday, December 12th, 2008 AT 4:37 PM
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MICHAEL MULVANEY
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Thanks, I will do what you recomended. Michael
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Friday, December 12th, 2008 AT 6:22 PM
Tiny
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I'll keep an eye out for your update.
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Friday, December 12th, 2008 AT 8:27 PM
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MICHAEL MULVANEY
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I'm in Colorado and it's supposed to snow like hell tonite and tomorrow so it will be awhile before I can take it apart. I'll let you know when I do. Michael
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Saturday, December 13th, 2008 AT 10:16 AM

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