1997 Pontiac Sunfire 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles
I have done many brake jobs (disc & drum) over the last 40 years, but NEVER encountered this type of "recurring" weird problem before! I own a 97 Pontiac Sunfire. This is NOT a hydraulic/ bleeding or ABS problem and is "only" associated with the RIGHT REAR drum brake (standard bendix brake) This has been an ongoing/recurring problem for the last several years. After replacing the rear brake shoes on this vehicle (several times) the brakes are fine for several months and/or several thousand miles. Slowly but surely, the RIGHT REAR brake will gradually start to become increasingly sensitive and start to "grab" actually causing the right rear of the vehicle to "dip" when applying the brakes at "slow" speeds. It will do this whether applied with hydraulics or the manual parking brake! I have replaced ALL the hardware including the backing plates, drums, wheel cylinders and all the typical brake hardware. I have replaced these rear shoes at least 4 times with both new and rebuilt, replaced the drums and have even resurfaced the drums twice. The problem goes away completely (for a while) but keeps recurring only after several thousand miles and "only" on the RIGHT REAR. Any help or suggestions--short of junking this thing?PLEASE HELP! ("Baffled")
have the same problem?
Thursday, January 21st, 2010 AT 6:57 AM