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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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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First time brake job - can't get new pads into the brackets

As the title says, this is my first time doing my own brakes ('06 Corolla). I replaced both my front pads and rotors. When putting the new pads in, I've been having quite a bit of difficulty with the ...
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99 Jetta - ":Three Tones and Flashing Brake Light

We just bought a 99 Jetta - Working on the bugs. With the emergency brake OFF, once I exceed 15 mph I hear 3 tones and the "brake" light starts flashing. Am I right to think it may be from an emerg. ...
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Rust on Brake Calipers

Is driving equally safe whether the brake calipers are rusted or not? I found this question, and I didn't read that driving was discouraged with rusted calipers (only that it wasn't as aesthetically ...
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2000 mazda 626 v6

My Mazda shuts off when I apply the brakes. Can anyone help me with this problem. It idles just fine but when I apply the brake to put it in reverse it bogs down and completely shuts off. What could ...
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How brake vacuum booster works?

If the brake vacuum booster makes vacuum on one side and the other is with normal atmospheric pressure, why doesn't it get sucked by itself towards the vacuum side? If the vacuum isn't enough to pull ...
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Noise and vibration when car is moving

My 2007 Toyota Corolla has been having an odd issue. When the car is moving, even slowly, I hear something that sounds like rubbing, and as I go faster, there is a vibration that starts as though a ...
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How to test and repair 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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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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Front Wheel Squeal When Driving After New Brakes

We have a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. We just installed new front brakes. 2yr rotors and lifetime performance ceramic pads. We have used these pads in the past on the car and never experience this issue. We ...
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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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Would waiting a few weeks to replace pads and rotors have damaged calipers?

I took my Volvo s60 for regular 84k maintenance a few weeks ago and I requested to get my brakes and rotors checked. I was told that they needed to be replaced. I booked an appointment for three ...
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what vehicle disk brake diameter 220 mm tickness 10 mm

I have a caravan with unknown disk brakes. The disk is 220 mm in diameter and 10 mm tick. What vehicle are these from?
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Do I have battery or engine problems?

Yesterday, I used my car to drive literally 2mins. Away from my dorm building to get to my class building and back because of bad weather. 30+mins. Later I come back outside and use my remote to ...
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Toyota Camry 2000: Odd Coughing when starts

Recently, I notice that my car begins coughing couple minutes after it starts. It have happened since Jan, 2012. First, I thought it might be due to Winter since it is cold weather. However, it ...
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Change calipers on both sides?

Four months ago, I had a seized brake in the front left. The slide bearing was stuck and the outer pad was worn more than the inner (at the piston). I wasn't able to move the journals of the bearing ...
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Recommended rotor disc combination for Ranger truck. Normal usage [closed]

Any recommendations for brake rotor and brake pad combination for good stopping power. My rotors warped after 185,000 miles. I am easy on my brakes; first set of pads lasted 150,000 miles. This is for ...
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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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caliper leaking…

I drive a 2008 Ford Taurus X. In June, I had the rear rotors and pads replaced. They also had to replace the right rear caliper. Last week (less than 2,000 miles later) the left rear caliper started ...
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What is brake imbalance? How can I fix it?

My 2000 Opel Agila 1.2 has an advisory on it's MOT saying: Front Brake imbalance [sic] high at 23% What does this mean? What's wrong with my brakes? What does the 29% mean? How can I fix it? ...
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2001 Ford F150 howling when braking with trailer

I have a 2001 Ford F150 Lariat with the 4.6L V8 Engine. Sometimes while I have my trailer hooked up I get a tremendous howling while braking. Almost so loud you can't hear anything else in the cab. ...
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What are the different types of disc brakes

I have head of Ventilated Disc,Carbon Ceramic disc. I do not know what are the different types of disc brakes available on the market. Which one should I choose. I would also like to know the ...
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Brakes sticking in front [2010 Chrysler Town & Country]

I changed the front brakes & rotors on my 2010 Chrysler Town and Country. Now the front brakes will not release after driving it for awhile. They both heat up and sound like they are grinding ...
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Rumbling sound from brakes in Lexus

My family has a 2013 Lexus RX 350. Today was the first time we noticed a low rumbling sound coming from the brakes when they are pushed. We've had a maintenance check with no issues a month ago. Any ...
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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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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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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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Vehicle squeaking 3-4 times when beginning to drive. Stops after getting some speed

Recently I've noticed that my 2012 Nissan Frontier (Automatic Transmission) is squeaking when I start driving from a complete stop. It will only squeak 3-4 times and will go away once I've gained some ...
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2011 Jetta rear brake drum removal

Can anyone tell me how to remove rear brake drum from a 2011 VW Jetta? I can't tell if it should just pull off or does the center hub nut need to be removed. Thanks for any help.
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Pressing on gas and brake at the same time by mistake - How harmful is it to the gearbox?

I usually brake with my left foot when driving a car with automatic transmission. I find it easy to switch between right-foot and left-foot braking if needed (for example, if I need to drive a car ...
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Brakes go to the floor

Vehicle: 2000 Blazer v6 4.3L Symptoms: Brake goes to the floor before braking. You have to push hard to stop. Easy to "skid" tires. Brake light is on. The day before they worked perfectly fine, and ...
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brake pedal staying down. Then ok after a few days being stood

I have a Mercedes C200 and the other day the brake pedal stayed down while I was driving. It did come back up a little as I carried on home. I haven't driven the car for a day or so. then this morning ...
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How does brake-by-wire exactly work?

I am interested in getting to know how brake-by-wire system works in today's cars. This video shows that the Electronic stability control/program (ESC/ESP) intervenes by braking individual wheels. So ...
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Brake fluid gone, rear brakes out. '99 pathfinder

The other day I started my car and the e-brake light stayed on after releasing it and I figured it was electrical at first. When I started using the brakes I realized I had to push about twice as far ...
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What is the cause of a soft brake pedal after bleeding?

I installed new rear calipers on both sides, new pads on all four wheels, and bled brakes with engine off, then with engine on, two times each. The pedal is hard when the engine is off and extremely ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Brakes smoke on driver side, but only after non-level terrain

I recently had my brakes serviced. Pads and rotors were replaced. Everything seemed fine. Today, I took a 30 minute drive where I applied the brakes significantly on the way back due to hilly terrain, ...
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Steering wheel vibration

While driving my 2012 camaro at freeway speeds, the steering wheel vibrates violently. However, it will continue to vibrate intermittently even after braking every few seconds.
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Low rumble/groaning noise when come to a slow stop

I just replaced my front brake pads and rotors about 2 months ago and am now hearing a very noticeable noise when braking. I'm driving a 2010 Honda Civic LX-S with about 67K miles. The odd thing is ...
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Brakes lock up when you put the vehicle in reverse

My 2002 Kia Sportage's brakes are locking up when you put the vehicle in reverse. When you put it in drive or neutral the brakes release. When they lockup, it sounds like air pressure and the pedal ...
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Aveo 2012 brakes do not work when the engine is running

I have this problem when you depress the brake pedal it moves all the way to the floor and does not slow the car down. It's happen only when the engine is started. Please any fix or help. I really ...
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Long brake pedal travel after replacing pads

I recently installed new brake pads. They haven't been bedded in yet and I don't intend to use them for daily driving. The pressure feedback from my brake pedal progressively increases as I apply ...
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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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New Pads, Rotor, & Caliper; Grinding, Squeaking, and Heat

I just replaced my rear-passenger side Caliper, Caliper Bracket, Rotor, and Brake-pads due to the rotor, pads, and caliper bracket grinding together. Vehicle: 2000 Blazer 4WD, recently had front ...
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New brakes squealing?

I just had all my brakes, calipers, and something else related to that replaced. Brand new. And they're working perfectly. So why are they squealing whenever I touch the brake pedal?
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Why is martensitic steel used instead of grey cast iron for ATV disc brakes?

Grey cast iron has better thermal properties -- conductivity and specific heat -- lower density, better castability, and better friction than martensitic stainless steel. Why are OEM parts made of ...
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What are the effects of not having ABS?

I recently realised that my car does not have ABS. Would my stopping distances increase? Does it make a lot of difference in good conditions (e.g dry, smooth roads)? Would it make any difference in ...
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brakes still pulsating [duplicate]

replaced rotors and pads(rotors twice)and still pulsating. Are the calipers the only thing left that could cause the pulsating? I checked the slides on the calipers the were ok( not stuck or frozen). ...