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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 ...
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Audi A3 Brake warning after MOT

just dropping in to show my support for this forum and to ask a quick question! Had my '06 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport serviced and MOT'd yesterday. Knew my front pads were very worn (tried to ...
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Will brake dust corrode my wheels?

I've had my car for 1 month and 2,000 miles now and my wheels, which were once very shiny chrome, now look like I painted them gray because the brake dust is so bad. First of all, is brake dust ...
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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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How do I know if I need new brakes?

I recently purchased a car with 135k miles on it and I have no idea when the brakes were last replaced. I've done work on my cars before but never have changed the brakes, so I'm not sure how to tell ...
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What can cause a stiff brake pedal that softens when stopped?

I have a 2002 Toyota Avalon. Overall the car is in excellent shape, no major issues. Recently, I have noticed the brake pedal requiring increasing pressure, but only when moving (which is obviously ...
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Brake pedal will not return after being depressed: brake booster diagnosis?

After being on holiday for a few weeks, I come home and find that the car brake pedal on my (automatic tranmission with ABS brakes) car will no longer spring back up after depressing it. After doing ...
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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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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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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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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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part of rear brakes for 2000 tracker

My 2000 trackers rear brake cylinder blew. The mechanic also said among the parts needed was something I can't remember the name of. It was bent and therefore comprimised. He said it is not easy to ...
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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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Car decelerating quickly

I recently changed my brake pads and did wheel alignment at the official workshop of my car manufacturer. It was driving just fine but suddenly as I was driving it at one fine point the steering ...
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Odd brake squeak only at the very end of the stop

I have a 2003 Infiniti FX 35. It has ~130K miles on it but new front and rear brakes were put on in the last year. Just recently, after about a month of sitting around without being driven, the car ...
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Why rear disk brakes do not wear the pads even?

While changing the pads for my rear breaks (disk), I saw that while the external pads were all gone, the internal ones were at 1/3 to 1/2 only. Is this normal? Should I address this? What is the ...
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Why is the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal

All cars I've encountered (here in the UK) have the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal. Is this a standard, world wide? I would have thought that for safety (getting to it quicker) you'd ...
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Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance? [closed]

When at a red light for a prolonged period of time, which leads to a lower amount of wear/lower cost of maintenance over the long term: keeping the brake applied for the duration of the light, or ...
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Draining master cylinder (2005 Malibu)

What's the best way to drain the master cylinder on this car?
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How much pressure can car brakes take?

Is the brake system supposed to support as much pressure as you can physically (with your foot) give it? I would think yes, but I'm curious if there is a specification of some kind or even if its ...
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Brakes and low-pitched squeak

I've had my 02 Honda CR-V for 3 months or so now and have noticed a growing squeak upon application of my brakes. This squeak is different from the normal high-pitched squeal that comes from the metal ...
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ceramic vs. semi-metalic brake pads for '04 Corolla and '00 Frontier

I'm getting conflicting information on the type of brake pads to install on my vehicles. I own a '04 Toyota Corolla and a '00 Nissan Frontier (4cyc., 2WD). I'm trying to figure out whether I should ...
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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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What should I look at when my brakes are soft?

I replaced my brake pads this weekend and now my brakes seems like they are much softer than before. I can easily put the brake to the floor. The vehicle is a '98 Chevy Malibu. I have seen some ...
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What to do about snapped out retaining pins?

I attempted to remove the drums on my wifes 98 jeep cherokee sport but in attempting to remove the drum, the brake shoes also were coming off and as a result the retaining pins popped out. I was able ...
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Brakes are Squeaking

We have a 2003 Honda Oddessy. We had the brakes replaced by a friend of my dad's, but a week after replacing them, they squeaked terribly. They make much less noise now, but they are still pretty ...
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Loose Handbrake?

Today I think I pulled my handbrake maybe a little too hard to stop my self from rolling down a hill. The stick is now loose and it engages only when I pull it to the very top. I can pull it up ...
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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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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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Brakes suddenly grip harder while braking down shallow incline

2003 Honda Civic EX While braking continuously on a long shallow incline, the brakes will suddenly grip harder in a predictable way, jerking me forward a little and braking harder from then on. Like ...
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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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Is downshifting on hills harmful for non-trucks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Since the days of taking drivers ed (many years back). I was told that when you encounter a steep or ...
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Clicking Noise When Braking

So I leased a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, brand new (only 2 miles on it), last November, 2010. It was running perfectly fine for a while. Brought it in for the standard tire rotation/oil change a few months ...
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Random grinding sound when applying brakes

I've been noticing a troubling trend with my car as of late. Randomly, it will decide to make this blood curdling screech when I apply the brakes, and occasionally the noise will continue as I ...
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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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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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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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Is it my ABS sensors that are bad on a 95 Safari Van?

When I drive on snowy roads, the brakes lock up nicely. When I brake on dry roads, the van hops all over the place when I brake.. to the point I feel like the front end is going to fall off. Could ...
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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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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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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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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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Brakes make grinding noise during stops at low speeds

I've got a Mazda B2300 pickup that's started making a grinding sound whenever I come to a stop. Braking at a high speed doesn't make any noise, but once I get under 25-30 MPH, the grinding sound gets ...