Questions relating to any part of the vehicle braking system

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
923 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
102 views

Does downshifting ( Engine Braking ) help when my car brakes CAN lock the wheel?

Know facts: When your car brakes (e.g. because of the weight) can't stop the car, it's recommended to use downshift (engine braking) to help brake the car. The best way to stop the car is to brake ...
1
vote
2answers
62 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
162 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
191 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
276 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
334 views

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?
1
vote
3answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
37 views

Resurfacing brake rotators without replacing pads

I had my 300C Chrysler serviced for brake issue some time ago. They said that there was wear on both front and rear brakes. They changed the front pads, and said that there was pulsation when ...
1
vote
2answers
47 views

why are new brakes squeaking?

I had my brakes completely redone for my annual test and now they squeak whenever I use them. It's really a bit annoying and I was wondering why they do that if there's anything I can do about it.
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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?
1
vote
3answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
950 views

Chevy Cruze with a funny sound when applying the brakes. The drums, pads and shoes among other things were replaced

When applying the brakes on my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, a loud funny noise happens. I'm frustrated that this is my first vehicle I have purchased on my own and all I can think is it's just my luck. I ...
1
vote
2answers
31 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
33 views

Is it necessary to purge the entire brake circuit if only the front wheels flexible are changed?

The vehicle does not have ABS. It is the typical X configuration.
1
vote
1answer
76 views

Does the brake pad need to fit perfectly into caliper?

I just did my first brake job. The brake pads I put into the caliper were significantly smaller than the old ones. The old ones needed to be hammered out of the caliper because they were tightly ...
1
vote
1answer
207 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
11k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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.
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Converting to a dual master cylinder?

1965 Chevy C-10. Manual brakes. Disk brakes on front - drum in rear. Single brake fluid cylinder. I think it would be safer to convert the single cylinder to a dual. Question: Is it necessary to ...
1
vote
1answer
263 views

'00 Civic 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
553 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
666 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
11k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
276 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

steering wheel shakes in a turn

I drive a 2011 Ford F150. After new tires, new brakes and rotors and a wheel balance, the truck rides fine at all speeds and braking is good. However, when I enter into an exit ramp and brake while ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Squealing noise when reversing and turning, from RHS of car

I drive a 2010 Civic with about 80k kilometers on it and it makes a screeching or squealing noise when I drive. I've checked other relevant posts + googling, and I suspect brakes, not the fan belt ...
1
vote
3answers
47 views

Master cylinder leak

I'm working on a 63 Impala, and got a new master cylinder in. The 63 has a single brake line, but the new master has two ports. The manufacturer included a plug for the extra port if it's not needed, ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Brake sticking on 92 Chevy Sport pickup

I have a 92 Chevy sport pick up I have replaced the rotors, brakes, calipers and flex brake hose on both sides and the driver side is still sticking and the rim gets hot I have checked everything I ...
1
vote
1answer
218 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
360 views

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
1
vote
1answer
258 views

My car pulls/stalls after i apply brakes and it makes a loud grinding sound

I have a 2002 Mercury Cougar and it makes a loud grinding sound every time i brake. Sometimes it even rolls backwards when in drive. What could be the problem(s)?
1
vote
1answer
225 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
244 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
778 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
270 views

Considerations when painting brake calipers

Aside from not getting paint on the discs and pads, do you have any advice or tips when preparing and painting brake calipers?
1
vote
0answers
44 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

Do I need to service rear Drum Brakes?

Car: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0L SOHC Automatic I recently rotated my wheels and noticed that the rear wheels make a slight grinding noise. After some research on the internet, I think the issue ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

Should rotors be replaced every time brake pads/discs are? [duplicate]

Someone told me once that new brake pads/discs last much less if they are installed on old rotors, i.e. that an old rotor will wear a new brake refill much faster than a brand new one because of the ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
260 views

How do 99 chevy tracker rear brakes self adjust?

I adjusted the brake shoes a bit after I installed them, but do they now adjust on their own as they are used, or how do I get them to adjust?
1
vote
0answers
28 views

Is it wise to use engine compression to help slow down a car to prolong brake life? [duplicate]

I have a 2010 Mercedes C-300 with six speed standard transmission. I'm wondering if it is wise to downshift to get engine compression to help slow down the vehicle when stopping to lessen brake wear? ...
1
vote
1answer
247 views

Is brake working with clutch in ford econovan 1989?

Lately I have started losing my brakes in that they won't ease on, the pedal goes almost all the way to the floor then at the last little bit the brakes engage fully and pretty much make the tires ...
1
vote
2answers
65 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

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?
0
votes
2answers
123 views

how do i fix noisy brakes

My altima 2008 brakes squeal when touched lightly. I bought the Bosch BC815 QuietCast Brake Pad Set, hoping that "QuietCast" means that they are cast to be quiet, but they really don't. I'm now at the ...