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Old 09-29-2016, 08:32 PM   #1
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Rear passenger side wheel has small movement while hand brake is on?

So today i jacked up the rear of my car to look for a small thud/clunk that I've had going over small bumps going 25mph or less. So i jacked each side up one at a time while the ebrake is pulled. Once in the air the rear driver side wheel was solid and wouldn't move. When i moved to passenger side, once in the air the passage rear wheel turns back and forth. Not allot, probably just 5 or 10 degrees or less of a rotation back and fourth. There's something obviously wrong but i don't know if the clunk/thud and wheel movement are associated with each other or two completely different issues. I'm thinking the wheel movement has something to with the parking brake. Maybe it needs to be adjusted? I wish lol. Also i used a pry bar to pry on the rear diff, control arms, and sway bar but nothing seemed to have any play i could find.

I took a crappy video of the wheel movement with my phone and put a dropbox link to it too. If anyone could point me in the right direction on either of these issues I'd be in your debt


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Old 09-30-2016, 08:28 AM   #2
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It could be that the passenger side parking brake shoes are loose. That is, one of the shoes may have become detached from the mounting plate. You'll have to remove the brake calipers and the rotor to find out. You'll have to loosen the parking brake shoes via the adjustment ratchet in the parking brake.
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:56 AM   #3
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Cool thanks for the advice, I'll check that out hopefully tonight if i don't get home too late. When i do pull it off I'll post back whatever i find.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:58 AM   #4
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For the clunk, do you have poly rtabs? Also, how about rear shocks and shock mounts? You could remove the shocks and test drive it to see if the clunk is still there.
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:14 AM   #5
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I'm betting it's just your parking brake because I had my car sitting up on jackstands for a few weeks (my bad) with the ebrake pulled, ended up having to remove my parking brake shoes because they were stuck. I left them off for a week while I waited for parts and there was lots of noise from the back wheels, so it sounds pretty inline with what you're experiencing. If you feel up to it, you should take this time to replace your ebrake parts, IIRC it was around $80 all together to get new parts for it and the peace of mind knowing your ebrake actually works.
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