Brake systems on vehicles are typically driven by either pneumatic or hydraulic systems that multiply the force applied by an operator to slow a vehicles rate of speed through the use of friction.

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What does the dust shield behind the brakes do?

Behind the brake rotors is a dust shield. I'm interested in removing the dust shields on my car because I'm looking to install larger calipers than what my car originally came with. What is the ...
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Testing after complete brake job, no pressure while applying brakes

Context: Replaced the front disc brakes and back drums for a Nissan Altima 2001 Problem: The brakes don't have any pressure while applied, or in other words the pedal sinks to the floor. Their seem ...
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Any way to assess my brake disc condition?

I have a problem with my handbrake (bear with me now). So I went to the service to have them check it out. The mechanic took a 10 second look at my car and told me I needed to change both of my brake ...
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What is compromised with rebuilt calipers?

I'm looking at upgrading the brakes on my vehicle with a larger set. As such, I'm looking at calipers and came across a set that were rebuilt. Specifically, the calipers have had helicoils installed ...
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Loud Clicking/Groaning sound when braking at low speed

So recently my brake( rear driver side) has been making a really loud Clicking/Groaning sound, sorry that is the best I can explain the sound. It happens after driving for a while and the sound ...
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Why is it necessary to pump the brakes while bleeding them?

I was just wondering, whenever I visit any site it says pump the brake pedal three times then keep pressing it, what is the actual benefit of pumping it? And why not just press down the brake pedal ...
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Brakes Smoking After Driving

I realized I had no brake pads. I was grinding metal on metal so I changed the rotors and put new brake pads on but still when I drive it for a little ways you can see black powder on the rims from ...
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Brakes are soft

I had spongy brakes and they replaced the master cylinder. Now I have a soft brake pedal, meaning they worked but the pedal goes down farther than it ever has. What could be causing this, air in ...
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Brake pad and caliper seizing

I changed my brake pad,caliper and rotor for all 4. its a 2004 Nissan Murano. After that, when I am driving inside the city for an hour or so and perform frequent braking, the front right side brake ...
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Is grinding the “ear” of a disc brake pad ok to make it fit?

I searched this but no luck finding an answer. I recently did a disk brake rotor and pad replacement on a friends car. One of the pads would not fit in the allocated space in the caliper frame. The ...
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2003 chchevorlet S-10 pickup truck

My abs light comes on but then it goes away my problem is when im coming to a complete stop you hear a noise a little motor sound and then the left side driver side like it pulls to the right side it ...
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Oldsmobile Alero (2004) brake issue

I was driving this car around yesterday quite a bit with no problems, when I stopped to go into a store for a few minutes. After I came out, I started the car, and the brakes went right to the floor ...
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brakes wont bleed after replacing lines from mc back 98 gmc jimmy

98 gmc jimmy 4.3 liter. brake pedal to floor after ok previous day. eventually stops me although don't stop on dime. hubby replaced lines from mc back (rubber and metal) part of line. Tried to bleed ...
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2003 Impala no brake lights

My 2003 Chevy Impala has no brake lights. Checked all the fuses, checked the brake switch and bulbs. I do have my 3rd brake light on the top of my trunk and I have all my other lights but no brake ...
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2001 Chevy Cavilier brake issue

Recently every time I brake for a long period of time, for instance at a red light, the brake goes all the way down to the floor. Then when I go to accelerate after, I barely touch the gas pedal and ...
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How do the rear brakes on a 1995 Chevy 1500 self-adjust?

I was told that by setting the parking brake each time the truck is parked, the shoe-brakes would self adjust. Is this true? There are no access holes on the back plate for manual adjustment.
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Proper way to stop auto transmission car

I'm just having my first auto transmission car, with press to start button. How I start the car Press the brake pedal Press the "press to start" button to turn on engine Move gear from "P" to "R" (...
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1997 Ford Ranger brake pedal hard, air noise, not returning

Ever since I got a new motorcycle the truck has been sitting around, to the point that it has become alive with moss (we get a lot of rain and flexible temps, the truck is usually moist inside). I ...
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What are these loops in the brake line for?

I was watching a show on the Velocity network about truck modifications, and I saw the following closeup of the trucks master cylinder and booster. What I don't know is why the designers put the ...
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Brakes don't work

I have a 98 Chevy Blazer 4.3 liter I was driving down the road coming home when I went to apply the brakes the pedal went to the floor but I did not slow down nor stop I had to use a hill in order to ...
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Brake lights no longer work on a Volvo V70

My car is an old (2001) Volvo V70. Last year I experienced intermittent failures of the brake lights, and it led my mechanic to exchange the break pedal switch. This seemed to work fine for some ...
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2013 Subaru Impreza brake noise and vibration [duplicate]

My 2013 Subaru Impreza makes a clunking noise when the breaks are applied suddenly. You can also feel the vibration coming from the floor of the passenger side.
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After new brake rotor installation, white smoke come out of brake system

I installed new rotors and serviced my front brakes. I sprayed both sides of the new rotors with brake cleaner. I lubricated the caliper pins with this brake lubricant. I added the lubricant to the ...
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Missing part from a brake pad kit

I bought the following brake pad kit Wagner ThermoQuiet QC1293 Ceramic Disc Pad Set With Installation Hardware I expected the kit comes with all the hardware, However, the kit is missing the ...
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New car - soot on rims and slight burny smell

Just purchased a 2016 VW Golf Sportwagen. Since I drove it off the lot I've noticed a slight burning smell coming from the wheels (assumed this was brakes), and this evening I noticed a lot of soot/...
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Newly replaced brakes smoking

I just replaced my rear brakes on a 09 mustang ,and only one brake started smoking and had a bad smell. The smoking stopped but the smell is still there. Now the smell isnt to bad . I just need to ...
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Is PTFE (Teflon) tape safe to use on brake bleeder valves?

There is a thread on the chemical composition of PTFE tape (Teflon tape) here: Master cylinder leak but my question is, will PTFE tape stand up to the heat generated by front disc brakes? Or, will ...
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Brake pedal bottoms out [closed]

I have a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban. I changed the brake calipers because they were leaking. I think the brake system is working in the front but not in the back. Does anybody have a way to troubleshoot ...
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Wheel stuck to Rotor

My 2000 Durango 2 wheel drive front tire is seized to the rotor, I tried the heating method and hitting but still seized, how can I get it off without damaging the wheel?
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Can I stock brake rotors or brake pads for more than a year?

I can get really good deal on brake rotors and brake pads in a local auto part store. This type of 50% deal won't happen quite often on good brands. The problem is that I won't need a to change my ...
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Motorcycle front brake lever too close to grip

The front brake lever on my 1998 Honda VFR is coming back way too close to the grip. This is since it came out of winter storage in April. It's an adjustable lever and I've changed it from 3 or so to ...
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Transmission Dip stick reading at Hot level [closed]

I just bought a 2000 GMC Jimmy with 170,012 miles on it. Is it normal that it is reading hot on the dip stick of the tranny fluid? yes this is after its been running for awhile.Also the previous owner ...
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Car gives knocking noise from front during braking

I have a 2002 BMW E39, the car gives a knocking noise when braking, which can be felt and heard from the front. Outside it is much louder than inside. Could this be caused by a rotten brake dust ...
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Toyota Camry 2007: The Brake Bleeder Screw is rusted and stuck

I am working on a Toyota Camry 2007 and one of the front brake bleeder screws is rusted and stuck badly. There are many videos on YouTube that suggest the use of torch and apply excess heat to the ...
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How do brake lines connect to their respective fittings?

I'm planning on replacing a leaky section of brake line for the rear driver side wheel on my 2004 Hyundai Getz 1.3 Gsi. The section of brake hose is relatively short, with one end connected to the ...
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2000 Chevrolet Silverado brakes dragging, 4 new rotors, 4 sets of pads, new e-brake shoes, new front calipers

I recently replaced myself or had replaced all pads, all rotors, front calipers, rear guide pins and brackets, rear brake shoes, and rear e-brake hardware, as well as the e-brake cable on my 2000 ...
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Slow speed crunch/pop sound?

Having this issue that started recently. Hearing and feeling in the steering wheel and pedals crunch/pop sound when rolling slowly. On/off brakes doesn't seem to matter. In gear/off gear doesn't ...
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Trying to figure out if my rotors are bad? [closed]

2002 Volkswagen Passat I'm trying to figure out if my rotors needs to be changed out
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03 Honda Civic Serious Brake Caliper Question

The car began to lose speed and I immediately got to the side of the road.The car was losing power. I noticed smoke from the wheel while still in the car once I stopped. in reverse and drive the car ...
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Brake issues 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

Intermittently, my brake pedal will drop slightly, and there will be a loud clunking noise, metal on metal sounding. Normally happens at slow speeds, weather conditions don't seem to be a factor.
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Rotors - Slotted and cross drilled, are they better than OEM rotors?

I have a 2010 Grand Caravan which eats brakes. In 75.000 Kms they have been done three times. I'm wondering if slotted and cross drilled discs may be better than OEM? It is mostly city driving ...
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2010 Toyota Matrix - Brake Shake Highway Speeds

I just replaced all four corners pads and rotors with the Power Stop Economy kit off Rock Auto and I'm having horrible shaking while braking at highway speeds. All slide pins have been re-greased and ...
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Mazda CX7 metallic pulsating sound when driving below 20 MPH

I have this issue with my CX7, when I drive at a regular speed, the car performs very well. Now when I release the gas pedal and brake the car makes no sound until it goes below 20 MPH, then I can ...
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Brakes getting tight on their own

I own a Ford Focus ZX4 LE 2.0 engine. This is on my Android so bullet points are not available. But I would explain as good as I can. -The problem I have is when I drive anywhere either on the ...
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'Click' Sound on Applying Brake

I have 2014 Honda Civic; couple of months ago, my car's brakes started making a weird 'Clicking' sound when I would apply brakes first time after my car is parked for say around 30 mins or so. Once ...
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Wheel rubbing/tight at one point per wheel revolution

On my 2005 BMW 320D, I recently (200 miles/1 month ago) noticed a rubbing noise coming from the front passenger side wheel. It is only really noticeable on smooth tarmac at slow speeds, but I did ...
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Bleeding Brakes

Also with regard to my 2002 Bonneville brake bleeding question, I could not get the rear bleeder bolts loose and did not want to twist them off, thus I bled the rear brakes at the brake hose going ...
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Bleeding Brakes 2002 Bonneville with ABS

I had to replace the 2 brake lines that go from the master cylinder to the ABS control box. I bled all 4 brakes in the proper order, (RR,LR,RF,LF) but the brakes are minimal and the pedal goes to the ...
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How much disc brake drag is acceptable?

As far as I know brake pads are supposed to maintain slight contact with the rotor at all times. As usually the only thing pushing the piston back after braking is flex of the square cut seal around ...
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My Jeep is making a squeaky noise when I apply the brakes and when I drive slowly it makes a clunking noise

I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I just bought it two weeks ago so I don't know much about it. They guy I got it off of said it has brand new brakes, rotors, and calipers. When I apply the ...