Breaks grinding and grabbing

Asked by Aug 05, 2016 at 09:20 AM about the 2001 Pontiac Sunfire

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

On my girlfriends 01 pontiac sunfire when i press on the
breaks the passenger side rear tire drops and you hear a
nasty grinding sound so i bought new drums and shoes
and when i took the tire off the drum was baby smooth
and the break pads had 90% still their i can't figure out
what is makeing the rear drop like that nor the nasty
grinding noise their are no signs of grinding or wear
anywere on the hub

2 Answers

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I wonder if the wheel bearing is bad or if something is worn or broken in the suspension.

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Check the wheel movement, jack up the car and see if the wheel can be moved IN and OUT by pressing on the tyre RIM I had this and had about 1/4 inch IN/OUT movement by pushing on the edge of the tyre, It was probably the bearing HOUSING so I used LOCKTITE bearing retainer, and the wheel was stable ( next day) apparently that small movement could cause the shoes to grab when turning right ( this was on the left rear wheel)

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