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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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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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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Wheel change/balance leading to continuous braking

So I go to get my wheels changed and balanced and I leave with the driver side rim heating up unnaturally even after driving just a few miles. The car stops unusually quickly. It's quite clear that ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a motorcycle's brake lever be bent back into shape?

I recently had a low speed spill on my bike leaving the brake lever rather bent. Can I bend it back (roughly) straight or it is likely to just break? Given that it is cast aluminium, I suspect is will ...
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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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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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Do I Need to Replace Complete Rear Brake Components

I inherited Mom's 1999 car with 47K on it, it was garaged for several years. I've noticed the brakes squeal intermittently dependent on how hard the brake pedal is applied. So I had a brake inspection ...
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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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Diagnosis of slow brake leak

I have determined the general source of a brake fluid leak on my 1994 acura integra but am unsure which component has failed causing the leak. After tracing all of the lines in the car and ...
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1996 Ford E350 Club Wagon - Brake pedal will not return

I have a 96' Ford E350 Club Wagon. When I press the brake pedal the brakes work great however the pedal does not return fully. I have bleed the brakes, exchanged all the old fluid, checked the few ...
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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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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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Fork bent and replacement

I own a Royal Enfiel Classic 350. I recently met with an accident and had to replace the tank, handle, light set, metal mount for light and the handle for the fork. My insurance did not cover for ...
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After brake bleed, pedal goes to floor

2005 Toyota sequoia. Brake pedal was fine most of the time but occasionally it would sink to the floor while stopping and it would be hard to stop. I bled my brakes and now the pedal goes to the floor ...
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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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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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Replace front brake pads and rotors?

I went to my Honda dealership for a B-1 service, and he came back saying that I needed to replace both my front brake pads and rotors. The quote for that is $531. I am wondering if I should go ahead ...
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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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New brakes, intermittent ABS light and battery light

Last weekend, I put new Wilwood calipers, pads and stainless brake lines on the rear of my 06 Solstice. On Tuesday, I started seeing an intermittent ABS warning light. Yesterday (Wednesday), I ...
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Standard vs Carbon Ceramic Brake Discs - What do you pay for?

I was watching a car review on YouTube recently. I know that carbon ceramic brakes are often a huge optional extra on cars and they're normally physically huge as well (from what I can tell). What is ...
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97 thunderbird brakes

Recently purchased a 97 t bird and brakes went to floor but had the front drivers side lock up under a emergency stop. I add fluid but see no leaks so it's got to be going somewhere but was thinking ...
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2 week old disk brake pads rubbing on rotor. Is this OK? (motorcycle)

I got the pads on the front brake of my bike replaced 2 weeks ago. Immediately I heard a rubbing noise at low speed. I thought this would be ok - that the pads just had to be worn in or something, but ...
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How do I assemble the rear brakes on a 2003 Chevy Tracker?

Went to replace the rear brake shoes and drums on a 2003 Chevy Tracker and when I pulled off the drum the adjuster, adjuster spring and pawl lever were not hooked up, they were just laying in there. ...
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Fix / Replace ABS module

I have an Audi A6, 2000. My ABS light is on, and the brake light blinks. I was told that the ABS module needed to be replaced at the cost of $850 minimum. Is there a way to get these things fixed ...
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Brake fluid leak after recent brake line replacement

I have a 2001 Mazda 626 which had its brake service light come on some time back, and the brakes became spongy and ceased functioning properly. I took it to my mechanic and he replaced the brake ...
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I just replaced my CV Axle and the now the brakes are making scary noises

I have a 2011 Toyota Corolla and my CV joints were starting to make popping noises. I replaced both driver and passenger axles. The car drives fine, but after about 20MPH the brakes make weird ...
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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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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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Screeching sound at slow drive and breaking

I have 2 questions actually. But I feel there might be connection so I decided to combine this 2 queries. First: During slow start drive I hear this low screeching sound like something is loose. I'm ...
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Changed the brake caliper on the driver front side of my 2003 Ford Expedition and the wheel wont turn. What's wrong? [closed]

Help me find out why my wheel on my 2003 Ford Expedition will not turn after I have changed the brake caliper on the front driver side.
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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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Replace driver side first, then passenger side brakes?

Need advice. I am replacing brake rotors and pads for all four wheels. My home 2-car garage only gives me enough room to work on the side facing the other car, the middle of the garage. Is it safe ...
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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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Why do you have to replace brake pads on both rear wheels at same time?

I have a 2002 GMC Yukon 1500XL. The right rear brake caliper went bad because of a torn rubber boot, which caused the brake pads on that wheel to wear out really quickly. I replaced the caliper, rotor ...
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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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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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Why do high-end electric cars have mechanical brakes?

(This isn't a "maintenance & repair" question, I hope you'll forgive me.) When powerful electric cars (such as, but not only, the Tesla) can accelerate from zero to ludicrous in half a jiffy, and ...
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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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How much distance would 1mm off front brakes translate into?

I am planning to replace my front brake pads within a month. I was told that if my brake wear sensor trips, I will need to buy new sensors as they will get destroyed. So I am trying to save my brake ...
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Seized brake caliper following brake pad & disc replacement - what could be wrong?

Took my 2006 VW Touareg in for servicing and had the dealership replace the rear brake pads and discs. In a post-replacement test drive the dealership discovered that one of the sides has a stuck ...
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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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What actually happens when there is no brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir?

I was curious, given that fact that a lack of engine oil can completely destroy your engine, can a lack of brake fluid completely destroy your brakes? I can imagine how that could be even worst than a ...
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Does cruise control usually involve braking functionality?

Does the usual cruise control feature include braking on most cars? I mean, if the car goes down the hill and braking by engine is not enough, are the brakes initiated so that the car does not exceed ...
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Should I avoid hard braking when I've changed my discs and pads?

I had my brake pads and discs changed a few days ago. Should I make any changes to my driving style to "run them in" or anything, like not braking hard, or avoiding prolonged breaking?
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How do parking brakes acting on disc brakes work?

My car has disc brakes in the rear, and the calipers have a small lever, which is pulled by the parking brake cable. (The parking brake uses the discs, so there is no additional drum or similar.) ...
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Hissing sound near brake pedal, stops on brake pedal press

I drive a Ford Fiesta Classic, 2008 model, clocked over 97k kms. Yesterday, When I left office at night, the surrounding was very silent and I observed a hissing sound coming from near the pedals ...