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Brakes smell, car pedal hard, light smoke, slows down during gear shift

3 weeks ago I bought a car from a private dealer. When I tested it out, the car was completely fine. Not to long ago after, I noticed that my back tail lights were on and figured out it was the braker ...
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Mixing DOT 4 with DOT 4 synthetic

I couldn't see an existing question about this but please link to it if you know of one ... I should point out I'm English and the products described are bought in the UK, in case it makes a ...
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Master cylinder leak

I'm working on a 63 Impala, and got a new master cylinder in. The 63 has a single brake line, but the new master has two ports. The manufacturer included a plug for the extra port if it's not needed, ...
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Is it normal for stop distance to be long on brand new brake pads?

I just had the brake pads replaced in my car. As I left the shop I noticed coming to a complete stop took longer distance or needed a fair bit more force on the pedal. Is this normal? Will the ...
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Parking brake suddenly slack but cable not broken

The handbrake on my VW Passat estate B5 has suddenly become slack. With the handbrake on, the faulty side wheel is free to turn by hand. Foot brake works as normal Lifting the centre console, I can ...
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Pontiac g6 runs lean; throwing codes

My 2006 g6 v6 3.5 is showing codes p0171, p0174, p0705 and u0073 171 and 174 show that the engine is running lean. Is this a serious issue? 0705 shows the trans range sensor a circuit 0073 says the ...
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What causes brakes to pulsate right after rotor and pad replacement?

I have a 2002 Infiniti Q45. I replaced the front rotors and pads on Sunday. It was the first time I've done this on a car, though I have done it countless times on various motorcycles. I was careful ...
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Resurfacing brake rotators without replacing pads

I had my 300C Chrysler serviced for brake issue some time ago. They said that there was wear on both front and rear brakes. They changed the front pads, and said that there was pulsation when ...
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Brake Pads worn in under two months

Vehicle: 2000 Chevy Blazer 4WD 4.3L V6 Engine Current Symptoms (I suspect this might be the symptoms of 2 over-lapping problems?) Brake light comes on. It then goes off if I press the brake to the ...
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Replaced rear rotors and pads, now both rotors hot on first test drive

Yesterday I replaced the rotors and pads on my 09 Mini Cooper. I thought it went well, but in the first short test drive, it feels like the emergency brake is set a bit. I drove a half mile, and both ...
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Did slamming on my brakes really fix them?

I have a 2006 Mazda 3 that until yesterday, had soft/spongy brakes. A few days ago I brought it to my local repair shop to take care of the problem, and $300 later, I had new front pads and machined ...
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While driving, my handbrake gets automatically engaged (maybe)

I own a Hyundai Accent. I drove it for around 800kms yesterday. All was fine until I was close to my house. I heard a noise coming from the rear wheel as if the wheel was stuck. After a while, ...
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GSX-R front suspension technology timeline

I have noticed that people frequently choose the GSX-R front end for a front end conversion on old bikes to improve handling and comfort. The GSX-R was produced from 1985 through the present, and I'm ...
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Motorcycle - sudden brake failure - suddenly gone - is it safe?

Recently, my old Honda ST 1100's front brakes failed. It was very sudden; meaning one moment, they worked perfectly, the other, not anymore. There was no gradual decline; no warning, nothing. The ...
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Motorcycle: Irregular brake bite (front single disk)

My motorcycle's front brake is giving a irregular bite. I don't know how to express it in words please check the illustration below. --------$^^^^^^^^-^-^-^-^-^^--^^^---^^^^^^----^^^| ~60Kmph ...
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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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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 ...