Questions relating to any part of the vehicle braking system

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Clicking type sound when braking at low speeds

Most of the time when I brake at low speeds I hear a clicking type sound, that is fairly faint. I do NOT hear squeaking, grinding or any high pitched noises that might indicate my brake pads are ...
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Ford Escape - Loud Brake Sounds in Reverse

2001 Ford Escape. I've recently had some work with the transmission done, but in the past 2 weeks or so, whenever I brake while in reverse, it makes a loud grinding sound. However, I've looked ...
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Can improper guide/lock pin installation cause a caliper to stick?

I had a brake caliper fail to release on me shortly after getting my car back from the shop (long story condensed is: took months to get done due to rust and lack of available parts from a wheel ...
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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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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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Reading ABS diagnostic codes on a Volvo 940

I want to read any fault codes stored in my 1992 Volvo 940's ABS module. I've tried the procedure described in the popular 700/900 series FAQ without success. That procedure involves plugging the ...
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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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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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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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Clunk noise from my brakes on first application

I have had the brake pads replaced on my Forester STi (4 pot Brembos all round) and have noticed a strange noise on first application of the brakes after moving either forwards or backwards. By this ...
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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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C-clamp stuck in brake caliper

I'm a first timer replacing (front) brake pads in my Nissan Pulsar 1.8 (hatch). I had problems removing the caliper bolts on both sides - after successfully removing them, I removed the old pads 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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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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Clunking sound at back of car when applying brakes

Since having my tires changed, I've been hearing a clunking sound from waht sounds like the back driver side of my car when I apply the brakes if they're applied jsut enoug to start slowing down the ...
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2005 Scion tC - Handbrake indicator light intermittently turns on

The handbrake indicator light on my 2005 Scion tC intermittently turns on while I'm driving. I've read about two causes: low brake fluid and (not likely) the handbrake is somehow getting lifted while ...
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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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Brakes locking up when backing up

I have a 2002 Kia Sportage that was being driven only once a week or so for a couple of months, then it sat for a whole month without being driven. The dashboard brake light had been coming on ...
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Caliper piston will not collapse on Almera 98

I was changing brake pads on a Nissan Almera 98 and I accidentally pumped the brake piston a bit out. I tried putting it back with a C clamp and the old pad but it won't budge. It's completely stuck! ...
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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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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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Brake Pedal Requires More Distance to Push

My brake pedal requires a further distance to push than it used to. This is not to say it's harder to actually apply the brake; it's just that when I apply the brake, the pedal goes further back than ...
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Rattle in my left tire area everytime I brake slowly from more then 80kmh (50mph)?

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2007, and it has been doing this for a while. If I press the brake a little harder, the rattling stops. It doesnt rattle until I press the brake. Leading me to believe there is a ...
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How far should you put your handbrake up?

My feeling is to just pull it up as far as it goes, but I've heard this is bad for the brakes and the car and so it would be better to pull it up with the button pressed till you feel slight ...
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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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Is it necessary to bleed brakes if the system is never opened?

Just wondering if there is a point to bleeding the brakes if the system is never opened, since it's effectively a closed system. For example, does the chemical change should the fluid reach boiling ...
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changing brake response

My car's brake seems to having some problems. Before Whenever I brake, I only use around 20 - 40% of the brakes(I kinda half step through the brake pedal) and the brakes seem to work instantaneously. ...
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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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2005 Infiniti G35x - squeaky brakes only when backing up slowly

Don't squeak when braking forwards, or braking hard/fast backing up. Only when backing up and lightly pressing on them. Extended squeal, and very loud. Anything I can do?
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Rear Drum brake scraping and brake pulsating

I recently had a lug nut stud replaced on one of my rear tires. I believe they had to take apart the drum brake to remove the old stud and install the new one. That same day I heard a scraping which ...
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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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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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How to solve unexpected skidding in 1995 Toyota Camry

My 1995 Camry LE (4 cyl) skidded twice. Luckily I escaped both occasions unhurt and without damage to the car. First time it happened on a freeway when I applied brakes @ 50mph. I thought it was ...
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Remaining life expectancy of brake pads and rotors

Recently I serviced my 2002 Forester at the dealership shop. I was told that the brake pads have 2mm left on them, and they recommended replacing the pads and the rotors (disks). I normally tend to ...
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Does the brake pedal always feel soft after the pads are changed?

About my bike Model: Honda CBR 250R Total Run: 17500kms Total Time: 1 year 1 month (rotor & break fluid never changed, break pad changed 6 months back) Break Fluid Level: 3mm above lower line ...
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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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Pressing brake pedal during vehicle operation feels “choppy” ?

I am driving a 2004 Chevy Impala. When coming to a stop, I press the brake pedal, and I can feel the choppy vibration on the pedal. It's same regardless of weather. Should I get this checked out?
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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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Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?

Usually I am stuck doing this sort of stuff by myself and I don't trust my kids (4 and 7) yet to help me with this. Any tricks to doing this or is this really a 2-man job?
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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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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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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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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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Could my brake problems be caused by a wrong kind of brake fluid?

The brake light is on in my 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD v6. The recurring pattern has been that I would fill up the brake fluid but then it would drop below the minimum mark after just a few days. It ...
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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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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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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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Disc brake damage, how can it happen?

I bought a brand new 207 '12 and its done its 1000mile checkup. During this i told them there was a horrible grinding noise comming from when i was breaking, even a metal on metal screech sometimes?? ...
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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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Will the brakes wear out more on light braking?

I have a doubt. Will the brakes wear out faster on light braking? On heavy / hard braking, the tires stop faster, which means the brake pads are working for a lesser time. Will this affect / increase ...