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Since the Cruze decided one day into our trip that the right rear brake was metal to metal (and we were up there for 9 nights, in total), I had to tackle those after we got back (it was pretty obnoxious, and you could hear it, even off the brakes, from outside the car - I drove as much as I could without using the brakes), and today was the day.

Right rear brake didn't look that great from the outside:


Even worse once I got the wheel off:



Hmm, I wonder which pad is bad? The outboard pad is pretty obviously only the backing plate, but even though the inboard pad still has thickness left, it's oddly colored and I do not think it was really making "solid" contact with the rotor:




The right rear rotor - outboard was metal to metal, but there's pretty obviously no good contact patch on the inboard side of the rotor either (don't mind the...missing sections...that was from the hammer to remove the rotor off the hub):



Old versus new (ACDelco GM Original Equipment) rotor:




Old versus new (also ACDelco GM OE) pads:



Right rear brake back together:


Left rear brake didn't look as bad:



Pads have a good amount of life left, too:


...except the outer pad and the backing plate immediately came apart:
 

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Rotor wasn't as bad on this side (again, ignore the inboard side - that's from the hammer):



Old versus new:



Left rear rotor on:


Old versus new pads:



Left rear brake back together:



With those all done, I decided to tackle cleaning the throttle plate and EGR valve again - car was starting to idle a bit rough on a cold start (and occasionally, starts would take an extra couple revolutions to catch), so it was time to clean them.

Intake looks gross, as does the throttle plate:



All cleaned:



EGR was plenty sooted up - valve actuation is definitely not as easy as it should be like this:




All clean! Valve operates far more smooth and easily:




Now my wife doesn't need to drive my Volt anymore, as her car is back in action!
 

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I too installed new brakes this weekend. Well only front rotors. I had them turned recently, but anything above 50mph hard braking the front end shook like a horse wagon. No clue why... Got some brembo’s and they brake as smooth as butter.
 
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I too installed new brakes this weekend. Well only front rotors. I had them turned recently, but anything above 50mph hard braking the front end shook like a horse wagon. No clue why... Got some brembo’s and they brake as smooth as butter.
Could be the wheel, perhaps, though it looks like you have alloys in your avatar.

My Cobalt used to absolutely cook the rotors when I ran steelies. Just trapped all the heat in there, and they'd "warp" like crazy.
 

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Could be the wheel, perhaps, though it looks like you have alloys in your avatar.

My Cobalt used to absolutely cook the rotors when I ran steelies. Just trapped all the heat in there, and they'd "warp" like crazy.
I agree or something like a strut or in the suspension, but this seems to have fixed it I tried to lock em up on a backroad going like 85mph, no shaking anymore. A bit more time will tell. I do have alloys, and yes my old Cavi was the same way ;)
 
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2017 Hatchback Premier w/RS 84,700 miles. Got some brand new shoes, today. 3rd set. First set of stockers, I had bad luck with nails and roofing staples from my new neighborhood.

Those were swapped out at 23,300. Second set, lasted 61,580 miles. I went straight back to the factory Michelin MXX4 Primacy that came on it. Road forced balanced at my local dealer. Love these tires.



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Dug out the Blizzaks on steel wheels and put them on for the winter. Inadvertently solved a TPMS problem I had been having.

Back in July I had to rotate the tires. After I did, when trying to do a sensor relearn, I could not get the car to detect the sensors, either using the trigger tool or by letting air out. Last weekend I had the same problem with the sensors on my parents' Fords, even when using the OEM trigger tool. I was baffled because I had never had problems before.

Today, while putting the winter tires on the Cruze, the TPMS relearn worked with no problem. I tried to figure out what was different when I realized I had left my phone inside the house. I tried the process again on my parents' Fords and it worked perfectly. Turns out my phone was somehow interfering with the TPMS relearn process. Never had that problem with my old iPhone.
 
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Took off the DDMworks leaky throttle body spacer and replaced with a BNR, boost test holds pressure for SO much longer.

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Raised the bruiser an inch and a half made my own pcv Cruze kit no pictures of that yet but here’s my beast going to buy 225-230/17-18 studded snow tires she gonna be a winter monster👍🏼🤟🏼👌🏼
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Raised the bruiser an inch and a half made my own pcv Cruze kit no pictures of that yet but here’s my beast going to buy 225-230/17-18 studded snow tires she gonna be a winter monster👍🏼🤟🏼👌🏼
Which rims are now the winter ones? Studs - illegal by me - Blizzaks for the Win!
 

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Which rims are now the winter ones? Studs - illegal by me - Blizzaks for the Win!
I think here in St. Paul studs are illegal as well I don’t know why it is Minnesota people do do it anyways I mean I’m running without cats and missing half of my exhaust (super loud) I found these nice 245/18 wondering if they’ll fit
 
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