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Brake fluid reservoir level drops fast to minimum but not below

The brake fluid reservoir level drops very fast in my 2007 4WD V6 Toyota Tacoma, probably within 3-5 days of filling it up. The funny thing is, it drops to just below where it says minimum but not ...
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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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replacing brake pedal return spring on 57 chevy

How do I replace a brake pedal return spring on 57 Chevy. I can not locate the spring. Please help
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how do i fix noisy brakes

My altima 2008 brakes squeal when touched lightly. I bought the Bosch BC815 QuietCast Brake Pad Set, hoping that "QuietCast" means that they are cast to be quiet, but they really don't. I'm now at the ...
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If my brakes overheat, do they need to be replaced?

Let's say I take my car track racing, and during it, the hard braking leads my brakes to massively losing stopping power due to them overheating (a likely outcome on stock brakes). Or likewise, I take ...
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What is this called - rear wheel edition?

A few weeks ago I heard a horrible sound when driving my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6, 4.0L, front disc rear drum) into work and when I parked my truck, I touched the left rear wheel and found that it was ...
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Is it wise to use engine compression to help slow down a car to prolong brake life? [duplicate]

I have a 2010 Mercedes C-300 with six speed standard transmission. I'm wondering if it is wise to downshift to get engine compression to help slow down the vehicle when stopping to lessen brake wear? ...
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Is this a “warped” rotor?

I am experiencing some pulsating while braking in my 99 Ford Escort. After removing the wheel and inspecting the discs they both look like this. Are the lateral lines something that could cause the ...
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Grinding sound when stopping with 2010 Honda Civic.

I've had brake pads and rotors checked. Mechanic said they were fine. Grinding noise becoming louder. Mechanic said it could be brake dust. Will brake dust continue to get louder? How safe is this?
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My car pulls/stalls after i apply brakes and it makes a loud grinding sound

I have a 2002 Mercury Cougar and it makes a loud grinding sound every time i brake. Sometimes it even rolls backwards when in drive. What could be the problem(s)?
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Offroad Kit - Are the brakes replaced?

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger that a previous owner modified by adding an offroad kit to it. I don't have a picture of the suspension system at the moment, but this one is pretty close in terms of wheel ...
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Should I get my brake rotors turned without replacing the recently-replaced brake pads?

Earlier this year, I noticed my brakes starting to screech (especially in the morning or when it was cold out). Not the distinctive squeal of finished brake pads, but the more "grinding" screech of ...
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Steering wheel shakes when braking at high speeds

I got a 2011 lexus ES350, the steering wheel shakes badly when i push the brake. I have been told that its the rotors. I got the rotors resurfaced last week at the lexus service center but no ...
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Weak front brake on dirt bike

After changing the air tube in my front tire and reinstalling the wheel on my Suzuki RMZ450, I noticed that the front brake lost a lot of stopping power. What caused this and what do I need to fix to ...
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Converting to a dual master cylinder?

1965 Chevy C-10. Manual brakes. Disk brakes on front - drum in rear. Single brake fluid cylinder. I think it would be safer to convert the single cylinder to a dual. Question: Is it necessary to ...
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1940 Buick Super brake master cylinder removal

I have a 1940 Buick Super. I need to remove the master cylinder to rebuild it, but the bolts turn in the frame when I try to remove the nuts. There is some kind of metal cover over the end of the ...
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Intermittently sticky caliper

This is a front caliper on a 03 Mazda protege. The right brake overheated the other day. I tore it apart and one of the caliper bolts was pretty rusted. I got a new bolt, pads and greased the ...
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Honda Civic braking problems in warm climate

I have a 1991 Honda Civic wagon that loses braking power on hot days. I have it working for the initial press, but as I hold down the brakes I slowly lose braking. I have to repeatedly press at red ...
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Sqealing noise from left rear wheel- very hot

I have a 2007 Mazda 6, and after cruising for a while on the highway, I started to hear a very loud squealing noise coming from the rear wheel on the drivers side. It's an extremely high pitched and ...
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What brake components need to be lubricated?

When doing a DIY brake job, I understand that it's necessary lubricate several components of the pad/caliper assembly. From various sources, I have been told that the following are the places where ...
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How can I verify my brakes are decent when I can't trust the mechanic who worked on them?

I took my car to my local chain repair shop last Saturday because the parking brake was nonfunctional -- the lever, when pressed, had no resistance, and was clearly not hooked up to anything. They ...
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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 pleas check the below illustration --------$^^^^^^^^-^-^-^-^-^^--^^^---^^^^^^----^^^| ~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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Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving

The content is pretty much contained in the title. When I went to replace the brake pads, one pad was completely gone and the other was almost like new. Now that I have replaced the pads, the wheel ...
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When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?

I need to replace my rear brake pads. A mechanic suggested I also replace my rotors because they are rusted around the edges. The rotors are in fact quite rusted, however, there is no rust on the ...
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Chevy Cruze with a funny sound when applying the brakes. The drums, pads and shoes among other things were replaced

When applying the brakes on my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, a loud funny noise happens. I'm frustrated that this is my first vehicle I have purchased on my own and all I can think is it's just my luck. I ...
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Is brake working with clutch in ford econovan 1989?

Lately I have started losing my brakes in that they won't ease on, the pedal goes almost all the way to the floor then at the last little bit the brakes engage fully and pretty much make the tires ...
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Front, driver-side wheel sounds like it's skidding when braking

I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) and I've today noticed a sound a bit like skidding when I apply the brakes, gently, around 30mph. Driving and steering as usual is fine, no unusual ...
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Use of Neutral Gear in Automatic Transmission

I am new to driving A/T cars and I am trying to understand the use of Neutral(N) gear. Should I shift my gear from D to N when my car comes to a complete halt on a red light or somewhere else? As per ...
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What could cause a metal-on-metal noise when braking only while backing?

I have a 1998 Acura Integra with 204k miles on it. Some mornings after the car has been parked in my driveway facing up a slight slope overnight with the handbrake set, the first time I apply the ...
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What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?

I have a fairly new to me 2008 VW GTI (US model, aka "Golf GTI" in other parts of the planet) and am trying to figure out the specs for the brakes. Specifically, I'm trying to determine the exact size ...
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Why would my electrical systems cut out when I brake?

So I told this little story to the dealership service department, and they were baffled. Never heard of anything like it in ten years, said they'd have to examine it very closely. Here's what ...
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'00 Civic Brake Imbalance

My 2000 Honda Civic Aerodeck just failed its MOT (roadworthyness test) on Front Brake Imbalance (51%). I changed the pads a few months ago, and had trouble with both calipers on the driver's side of ...
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Using clutch and motor brake - good or bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Edit: As mentioned in the comments: Duplicate of Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and ...
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Do I really need a lathe to turn my rotors?

Last time I changed my brake pads (Toyota Tacoma v6 4WD), I did not get my rotors turned and was told I should have taken them to a mechanic to get it done. I was wondering if there is any ...
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Brake lights on '94 Honda Prelude stuck on

All 3 brake lights on my Prelude seem to be permanently stuck on. This occurs all of the time - the lights stay on even if there is no key in the ignition. I've had to disconnect the battery. Would ...
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Can chafing brake pads damage rotors?

Since replacing all of the brake pads and passenger front rotor on my 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible, the pads have been chafing and making a non-stop chirping sound while driving. There is a ...
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Honda Accord bubbling / gurgling sound when braking first few times

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. All 4 brakes were recently serviced so I don't think this is related to pads or rotors needing attention. When I first start driving, when I hit the brakes, there is a ...
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Can I put the tires in the opposite direction on the rear-end on my front wheel drive configuration?

When using a front wheel drive car, the rear end is only used for braking. Is it a good idea (and if not, why) to "reverse" the tires so the tire threads are useful when braking? I know it might ...
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Brakes gripping and causing skidding

I'm experiencing a problem with the brakes on my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I replaced almost every component of them over the course of the 2 years. Most of the replacements occurred in April 2012, ...
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I forgot to release the hand brake while I'm driving at around 4 to 5 km. what will happen to my rear brakes?

I forgot to release the hand brake while I'm driving at around 4 to 5km. What will happen to my rear brakes?
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“Flight recorder” for automobiles? [closed]

As I sat in traffic court last week for a non-moving violation, many of the cases were clearly he said/she said issues.. particularly with stop sign violations. I can easily see how this specific ...
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Replace stop light switch cushion - 2003 Toyota Camry Altise

So my brake lights are always on and it is the stop light cushion. I have purchased a new one from the dealer and now need to replace. I have tried pointy nose pliers and they are just not working. I ...
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Is it possible to lock wheels when ABS is working?

I have a Nissan Primera P12, which got ABS. When I normally brake, wheels don't lock and car comes to a stop as expected with any ABS system. Although if I'm travelling a bit fast and hit the brake ...
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Squeaking brakes on motorcycle - an issue or not?

The front disc on my motorcycle emits a low pitch squeaking noise when I'm pulling up to a complete stop (almost like the sound train brakes make when pulling up to a station). This only happens when ...
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Simple Question: Do I need to bleed brakes if I removed the blake fluid cap?

This is probably a very simple question, but I was just poking around the engine bay and checking the fluid levels of the various reservoirs. I then opened the brake fluid one and I remember reading ...
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Bleeding Brakes with Car on or off?

There's a pump that runs when the car is on to pressurize the hydraulics, right? When bleeding the brakes, should the car be on or off so this pump is on or off? I'm specifically talking about a ...
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Brakes Smell Bad and Smoke

Here's the situation: Initially Changed a wheel/tire, and snapped a hub stud. Had to take off the brake caliper on that hub (driver's side). No problem with that, but then all of a sudden my front ...
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Why does my engine perform poorly and get bad gas mileage after using fuel injector cleaner?

At the advice of someone at a local auto parts shop, I poured a bottle of fuel injector cleaner into my gas tank. This happened around the same time that I had a brake job done and rotated my tires. ...
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1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Disc Brake Conversion

I just bought a '72 FJ40 and realized that three out the four (drum) brake cylinder's are seized and one of the grease seals is leaking bad. Since I have to replace the brake cylinder's, I am ...