Car Drops When I Hit The Brakes

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Old 01-10-06, 08:15 AM
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Car Drops When I Hit The Brakes

Why would my car drop down when i hit the brakes?
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normally the front will drop and the rear will lift. if you feel it is dropping exessively, you may have bad front shocks/struts. poorly functioning rear brakes will add to this.
 
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Old 01-10-06, 09:12 AM
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if i am going slower the 15 and hit the brakes the back wheels lock up sometime. but when going 10 or slower and i hit the brakes the whole car will go down. i think it is the shocks and stunts because if i move the steering wheel back and front the car feels like its going to tip. how hard are stunts to change, shocks are easy, never done stunts before.
 
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struts are a little tougher in that they replace the ball joint connection and incorporate the front spring. if you've never done them and don't have acces to a spring compressor for struts you may be better off farming it out to a shop. check your rear brakes ( i'm assuming drums ) for leaking wheel cyl's and proper installation of the leading and trailing shoes.
 
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do you know how to get the drums off so i can look at the brakes, haynes manual says they just slide off but i cant get them
 
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first of all, MAKE SURE your car isn;t going to fall or you run over. Then make sure your e-brake is off and tap around the lugs with a dead blow hammer. Then make sure you are pulling the drum off squarly. If that doesn't work, spray some penetrating lube around the lugs and keep trying. -Elliot
 
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back out the adjusters on drum brakes before trying to remove the drum. if badly worn, you would have to turn the adjusters quite a bit.
 
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Originally Posted by flopshot
back out the adjusters on drum brakes before trying to remove the drum. if badly worn, you would have to turn the adjusters quite a bit.
where are the adjusters, because i cant find them on the back it pretty flat.
 
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under a rubber cover

They should be on the backing plate maybe coverd by a rubber cover just pull cover off and use a screwdriver or brake spoon.
 
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