Questions relating to any part of the vehicle braking system

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what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?

What is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids? What could possibly go wrong if I use a (4 times cheaper) DOT3 brake fluid instead of the DOT4 which manufacturer recommends (but allows ...
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Truck: “H” brake button

I've found in different trucks and buses, etc.... An "H" button which, when pressed, activates a braking system. This system is only available when the vehicle is immobilized. Which brakes are ...
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What are the procedures/“tricks” to brake bleeding a Ferrari 575?

What is the procedure/"tricks" to bleed the brakes on a 2002 Ferrari 575?
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After ABS engages, brakes go soft for 10 minutes or so?

I have an 06 MAzda 3 .. problem: After ABS engages, brakes go soft, and travel much further (75%) to the floor before stopping.THey do function well just way to low to the floor. This was not always ...
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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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Vibration remains while braking even after machining rotors

Had a vibration in brakes took it back three times for this vibration. They eventually turned my rotors. It's still doing it, just not as bad and only when going down mountains. Van has only 20k miles ...
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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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02 chevy cavalier skidding when braking

So I've done a lot of under body work on my 02 Chevy cavalier z24, the most recent being the sway bar, rack and pinion and last week the struts. Around the time we did either the sway bar or the rack ...
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Clutch drops to the floor when I start to apply the brakes

Why does my clutch drop to the floor of my 93 ford escort as soon as I start to apply pressure on my brakes. I already changed out my master cylinder and bled the brakes. Could it have anything to do ...
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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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Ford Taurus Rear Brake Job: How to relieve spring pressure on emergency brake cable?

Doing brakes shoes on 2003 Ford Taurus SE, having problem disconnecting the brake shoe lever from the brake cable. How do I relieve the spring pressure on the emergency brake cable that's at the ...
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Car stalls when braking (VW Mk1 Golf)

I have bought a Mk1 Cabriolet that has been sitting for over a year. I am trying to get it road worthy. So far so good, but I am having an issue with the engine and braking: The engine stalls when I ...
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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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Driver's side front brake locked up

Our front driver's side brake locked up on us and even started smoking. The caliper is stuck shut and won't reopen. We're stuck on the side of the road. What do we need to do in order to fix this?
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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 ...
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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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Pump and Hold Brake Bleeding (2 Person)

I just had an issue with my brakes that was incredibly hard to find due to a sneaky leak and additionally a brake (back-passenger-side) needing bled 10-15 times. Is 10-15 times normal? My brake ...
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Handbreak return spring Vauxhall/Opel Vectra

So i got in the car this morning, and it felt like i still had my handbrake on when i pulled off. Check that, it wasn't on. Drove on a little bit thinking i was imagining it, finally accepted it was ...
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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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Should replacing the brake pads make braking feel “softer”?

I've just had the brake pads replaced on my Skoda Fabia- apparently they'd worn very thin. But now when I brake I have to push down much harder on the brake pedal than before. Is this to be expected? ...
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Toyota Hilux Surf 1998 Stuck in Park and speedometer and odometer not working

I just bought a 1998 Hilux Surf. It has an automatic gearbox. When pressing the brake the drive selection should be unlocked, but it does not. I need to use the "red button" to unlock the drive ...
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Require solution to reduce breaking of tiles indoor, when operating an electric tow truck

I am using an 3 wheeled, rear drive, electric tow truck vehicle indoors on commonly used floor tiles. It seems that when braking the vehicle some floor tiles break . Its specs are similar to ...
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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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Most economical acceleration range

I am designing a GPS based acceleration meter for car. I'm planning to give user some scores based on his various acceleration practices. Not going to the electronics part of GPS, i want to know in ...
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Chevy Cavalier Brakes (Drums + Disc)

I know that the 2002 Chevy Cavalier has disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the back. What I don't know is whether the drum brakes are used at all during normal braking, or if they exist only ...
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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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Do I Need To Replace Rotors Whenever I Replace Brake Pads? [duplicate]

I'm on a tight budget and need to replace my brake pads. However, I've been told by my mechanic that if one does so without replacing the rotors, they will be "mismatched" and that will cause the ...
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Finding brake parts

I'm working on a 1963 Chevy Impala. I am rebuilding the drum brakes, but I can't seem to find all the parts-- some have gone missing over the years. Is there anywhere to find all the internals in ...
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Disk rotors wear

I recently bought a second hand car (Porsche Cayman S) and I was looking at the disk rotors. Do you think that it's time to replace the front disk rotors of my car? picture1 picture2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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brake rotors- blank, slotted or drilled?

There is a lot of conflicting information whether slotted or drilled rotors perform better than blank rotors. For a street car that will do the occasional track day, which type of rotor should I get?
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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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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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What can cause warped rotors?

I have a forward rotor on my '04 Chrysler Sebring causing a lot of pulsation when braking. I replaced the rotor- but within about a month the problem had re-appeared. The guys at Monroe noticed my ...
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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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What brake discs does my car have?

I have a 2006 Citroen C4 1.6 VTR+ (5 doors) and I need to change brake discs and pads. I found this website: http://www.carparts4less.co.uk/ where I order those parts, but after taking them to a ...
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Skoda Fabia, flashes handbrake light and beeps 3 times

When I turn heavy or accelerate hard in my Skoda Fabia the handbrake light flashes approximately 5 times and beeps exactly 3 times.
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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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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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Brakes lose grip when car hits bump

I have a 2007 Honda Civic. I had its front brake pads replaced 2 months ago and had the rotors replaced. Now (and perhaps before--I can't recall) whenever I'm braking and hit a bump, the brakes lose ...
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Ford Escort - Brake Fluid leak in car

I own a Ford Escort 1992, 1.9l, manual. Recently my default-idle had been really high and so I did some research and figured out that my brake booster probably broke. So I went to the junkyard and got ...
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My brake fluid all left on short notice. What gives?

During the very cold weather (here in Ohio) recently, I noticed the brakes on my 2000 Chevy Malibu were a little soft, and made a mental note to attend to them promptly. Then, over the course of 24 ...
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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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The disadvantages of mitsubishi lancer 2007 [duplicate]

I am planing to buy a new car that has to be good enough to be used everyday . I have tried the speranza and the brilliance but weren't good and not reliable to be used everyday . Many friends ...
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Is it necessary to flush brake fluid?

I have a 2005 Honda Element. The owners manual states the brake fluid should be "replaced" every 3 years. When I asked the dealer to replace the brake fluid, they said it was going to cost $190. ...