Questions relating to any part of the vehicle braking system

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Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?

Currently I own a Mk5 Astra SRi, however I am looking to sell this and buy a Ford Focus Mk2. The other day I looked at a Ford Focus Zetec Mk2. My understanding is that Zetec is sort of the ford ...
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Does downshifting ( Engine Braking ) help when my car brakes CAN lock the wheel?

Know facts: When your car brakes (e.g. because of the weight) can't stop the car, it's recommended to use downshift (engine braking) to help brake the car. The best way to stop the car is to brake ...
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Brakes pads changes and cutting rotors

My brakes started vibrating occasionally when slowing down on highways at high speeds. I have been realizing that the brakes feel low. I went to a shop for an oil change and the mechanic peeked in ...
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Does the brake pad need to fit perfectly into caliper?

I just did my first brake job. The brake pads I put into the caliper were significantly smaller than the old ones. The old ones needed to be hammered out of the caliper because they were tightly ...
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Modest braking sounds similar to squealing tires

When I'm braking at a stop sign, I'm hearing a sound that sounds like a high pitched tire squeal; it's like a mix between tire squeal and the constant chirp from a bad belt, and it's coming from the ...
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Brakes slide when pressing on them

I own a 2001 Hyundai Sonata, and when I go press on my brakes, the car will slow down, but when I press down on them hard (for an immediate stop) they slide for some reason. Is this common? I've put ...
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Do I need to service rear Drum Brakes?

Car: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0L SOHC Automatic I recently rotated my wheels and noticed that the rear wheels make a slight grinding noise. After some research on the internet, I think the issue ...
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Why does the brake on a 2000 Sienna click and squeak?

When I depress the brake pedal on a 2000 Toyota Sienna, every time the pedal reaches near the halfway mark, there is a discernible click. As the vehicle approaches a stop and I feather the brakes, ...
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At what point do you need to replace the calipers?

I bought my car in February 2013 with 49K miles. It now has 61K miles on it and my brakes are starting to squeak very gently, until I apply more pressure on the brake pedal. When I bought the car, I ...
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Rear drum brakes will not release

I have a 2010 GMC Canyon. When you first start up and put the vehicle in gear the breaks will not release.if you accelerate then it will pop and release. This will happen the first two or three times ...
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Front wheel scraping noise

I have some weird scraping/rubbing noise in my right front wheel. I I hear it regardless of weather i brake or not, and the slower i go the more low pitched and grindy it sounds. It continues to ...
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Should rotors be replaced every time brake pads/discs are? [duplicate]

Someone told me once that new brake pads/discs last much less if they are installed on old rotors, i.e. that an old rotor will wear a new brake refill much faster than a brand new one because of the ...
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popping noise on 07 charger

So my car a while now has been making a popping noise and it's gotten worse. Everytime I step on the brake something from the bottom of my car pops most of the time when I turn the steering wheel it ...
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why are new brakes squeaking?

I had my brakes completely redone for my annual test and now they squeak whenever I use them. It's really a bit annoying and I was wondering why they do that if there's anything I can do about it.
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Trying to order a part, shows up brake knuckle spindle assembly, but all are used for 98 civic?

I'm trying to order the hub assembly and brake knuckle spindle assembly for a 98 Honda Civic so that I don't have to do any press work with the bearings. On other vehicles the parts can be bought new ...
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Brake pedal will not return after being depressed: brake booster diagnosis?

After being on holiday for a few weeks, I come home and find that the car brake pedal on my (automatic tranmission with ABS brakes) car will no longer spring back up after depressing it. After doing ...
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Should I replace the disc?

Recently, my car began to make very loud noises whenever I used the brakes. At first, I didn't suspect the brake pads because I thought they were still able to undergo a few thousand kilometre. To be ...
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custom built silicon carbide discs

My toyota corolla CE110 brake performance is not to the expectation, it takes an unusual amount of distance and requires comparatively hard braking to get it to stop. I had checked it by a mechanic ...
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Clicking of Brakes

My vehicle was recently in a accident involving a raccon (go figure) and did a lot of damage. I already had it checked out and they said it needed alot body work and possible wheel alignment. However ...
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back brakes smoke

Just had back brakes and rotors replaced a week ago, came home from church yesterday and there was this horrible smell and smoke coming from passenger side back brake area what could me the cause for ...
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Changed my brake pads but brakes started smoking due to a stuck caliper (99 Honda Accord)

Long story short, I was doing a simple DIY brake pad change and it seems that the brake caliper got stuck (the the brake line seem to be slightly twisted). I went for a test drive in the neighbor and ...
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Continual Brake Issues on a 2002 Kia Spectra

I have a 2002 Kia Spectra. We have replaced the rotors 3 times, but prior to doing that we were having problems with our back brakes. The mechanic we were going to said nothing was wrong with the back ...
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Brake fluid to be used on a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair

I have a 60 Corvair and have never changed the Brake Fluid. I am planning to flush out the old fluid and replace it. What brake fluid should I replace it with. Dot 2,3,or 4
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Tire pressure sensor doesn't read

I work on several makes and models, and found that after replacing brake pads that the "low tire pressure" warning comes on as a sensor fault. Is there something I'm hitting that causes this? How can ...
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Braking causes steering wheel vibration

I replaced my front brake pads less than a year ago. I now am having a steering wheel vibration when I brake and believe my rotors are warped. I checked my pads and they have a lot of pad left on ...
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Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?

Background I drive a 1989 BMW 325i, and a few months ago I got a brake lining warning light. I gladly took the opportunity to upgrade from OEM rotors and pads to nice, shiny, new cross-drilled and ...
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Brake pedal goes all the way to floor, after ABS was activated

Hopefully someone can point me in the correct direction, or at least give me an idea about this before taking it to the shop. The other night I was driving around, streets were pretty snowy around ...
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2010 Hyundai Accent brakes squeal/stick when wet

I've noticed that my 2010 Hyundai Accent has a peculiar issue. If it's raining and I first start driving and apply the brakes, maybe the first two or three times as I'm approaching a stop the brakes ...
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Brakes not working after being parked up for 3 years on Jeep Grand Cherokee

After parking my jeep Grand Cherokee 1997 for 3 years, I've decided to get it back up and running. My problem is that the brakes are not working. I can pump the pedal but then it looses pressure ...
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The brake pedal goes down to the floor after replacing the rear rotors and pads on my 2010 highlander

I have replaced rear brake pads and rotors on my 2010 highlander and right after I went to take the car for the test drive the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor. There is no leak anywhere. I ...
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brake squeal and grinding rotor even if I had just installed new pads

I have just noticed that my brakes started squealing non stop even though the pads are fairly new (8 months with just 7,000 km on it). Also I have just noticed last night that one of the brakes is ...
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No resistance when depressing brakes with no leaks in system

I heard a loud pop, and now the brake pedal has no resistance. There are no leaks in the system. I tried a master cylinder and bleeding the brakes. Still the pedal goes down easy and comes up slow. ...
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Brake sticking on 92 Chevy Sport pickup

I have a 92 Chevy sport pick up I have replaced the rotors, brakes, calipers and flex brake hose on both sides and the driver side is still sticking and the rim gets hot I have checked everything I ...
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Help! 2005 Mazda 3 brakes

I noticed recently that my brake goes soft and almost to the floor. Several months ago I had new brakes put on and I just took it in again to bleed the brakes. I just picked up the car and the brakes ...
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How do I get the brakes on my old car feeling like new?

Even after a fresh brake and rotor job, my brakes still don't have that new feel on the pedal, there's still a lot of travel before I stop what am I missing? I've never bled the brakes, replaced any ...
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Adjust brakes in 2005 Lexus rx 330 as a DIY?

Can I adjust the brakes? what tools are needed? Is it a big job?
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what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?

What is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids? What could possibly go wrong if I use a (4 times cheaper) DOT3 brake fluid instead of the DOT4 which manufacturer recommends (but allows ...
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Truck: “H” brake button

I've found in different trucks and buses, etc.... An "H" button which, when pressed, activates a braking system. This system is only available when the vehicle is immobilized. Which brakes are ...
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What are the procedures/“tricks” to brake bleeding a Ferrari 575?

What is the procedure/"tricks" to bleed the brakes on a 2002 Ferrari 575?
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After ABS engages, brakes go soft for 10 minutes or so?

I have an 06 MAzda 3 .. problem: After ABS engages, brakes go soft, and travel much further (75%) to the floor before stopping.THey do function well just way to low to the floor. This was not always ...
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2012 Ford Escape grinding noise while braking

My Ford Escape started making an unusual noise recently. Would appreciate if anyone can help me diagnose the problem. The noise only occurs when I brake and only when my speed gets down to about 15 ...
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Vibration remains while braking even after machining rotors

Had a vibration in brakes took it back three times for this vibration. They eventually turned my rotors. It's still doing it, just not as bad and only when going down mountains. Van has only 20k miles ...
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Is an 50 ft/lb air wrench (not impact wrench) strong enough to remove brake assemblies

I can't get an impact wrench in there. Any idea if a standard 3/8" 50 ft/lb air wrench will be strong enough to remove the fasteners needing to be removed to replace the brake pads and disk ? Could ...
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02 chevy cavalier skidding when braking

So I've done a lot of under body work on my 02 Chevy cavalier z24, the most recent being the sway bar, rack and pinion and last week the struts. Around the time we did either the sway bar or the rack ...
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Clutch drops to the floor when I start to apply the brakes

Why does my clutch drop to the floor of my 93 ford escort as soon as I start to apply pressure on my brakes. I already changed out my master cylinder and bled the brakes. Could it have anything to do ...
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Car shakes while stopped with my brake pressed

I just got this Elantra 2012. I notice that when I'm at a red light waiting to move, my foot is on the brake pedal, the car is shaking. It's not a hard shake, but just at my feet and in my seat I can ...
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Ford Taurus Rear Brake Job: How to relieve spring pressure on emergency brake cable?

Doing brakes shoes on 2003 Ford Taurus SE, having problem disconnecting the brake shoe lever from the brake cable. How do I relieve the spring pressure on the emergency brake cable that's at the ...
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Car stalls when braking (VW Mk1 Golf)

I have bought a Mk1 Cabriolet that has been sitting for over a year. I am trying to get it road worthy. So far so good, but I am having an issue with the engine and braking: The engine stalls when I ...
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Brake Fluid Leaking out of Master Cylinder but on Top of Booster

I have a 94 Pontiac Bonnyville that's leaking brake fluid. Recently the brake warning light came on and I noticed the fluid was low. I filled it again but it's slowly leaking. The fluid is leaking at ...
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Driver's side front brake locked up

Our front driver's side brake locked up on us and even started smoking. The caliper is stuck shut and won't reopen. We're stuck on the side of the road. What do we need to do in order to fix this?