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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What could cause a metal-on-metal noise when braking only while backing?

I have a 1998 Acura Integra with 204k miles on it. Some mornings after the car has been parked in my driveway facing up a slight slope overnight with the handbrake set, the first time I apply the ...
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Wheel stuck to Rotor

My 2000 Durango 2 wheel drive front tire is seized to the rotor, I tried the heating method and hitting but still seized, how can I get it off without damaging the wheel?
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Brakes are soft

I had spongy brakes and they replaced the master cylinder. Now I have a soft brake pedal, meaning they worked but the pedal goes down farther than it ever has. What could be causing this, air in ...
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Can I stock brake rotors or brake pads for more than a year?

I can get really good deal on brake rotors and brake pads in a local auto part store. This type of 50% deal won't happen quite often on good brands. The problem is that I won't need a to change my ...
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Wheel removal solutions

I live in a climate that necessitates changing the wheels to ones with studded winter tires and back again to ones with summer times twice a year. After several years of owning the car, I noticed ...
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back brakes smoke

Just had back brakes and rotors replaced a week ago, came home from church yesterday and there was this horrible smell and smoke coming from passenger side back brake area what could me the cause for ...
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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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Front brake caliper mounting bracket out of alignment with rotor

When the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts are tightened to the hub (on the passenger side only!), the new rotor binds against the bottom of the bracket on the outside (away from the center of the ...
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Brake pedal is pulsing when I apply brakes? Is it caused by ABS?

I have had issues with ABS light for around a year where the light occasionally comes on and off. However, the brake pedal has been misbehaving only in the last two weeks and I am getting really ...
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Immediate braking mechanism?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but why don't automobiles have some sort of immediate braking mechanism? Even one that plows into the ground to stop the car faster than if you just ...
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Motorcycle - sudden brake failure - suddenly gone - is it safe?

Recently, my old Honda ST 1100's front brakes failed. It was very sudden; meaning one moment, they worked perfectly, the other, not anymore. There was no gradual decline; no warning, nothing. The ...
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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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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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Rotors - Slotted and cross drilled, are they better than OEM rotors?

I have a 2010 Grand Caravan which eats brakes. In 75.000 Kms they have been done three times. I'm wondering if slotted and cross drilled discs may be better than OEM? It is mostly city driving ...
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Replaced busted brake line but the brakes still don't work

I have a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche with a broken brake line. We replaced the broken brake line, added new fluid and bled the brakes for about an hour and there still seems to be air in the lines or ...
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Spongy brakes after brake pad swap - moisture or bubbles?

I changed the rear brake pads on my BMW last week, following the steps outlined in this video. Unfortunately the brake pedal now feels spongy. The pedal feel was firm prior to the brake swap, so it ...
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Offroad Kit - Are the brakes replaced?

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger that a previous owner modified by adding an offroad kit to it. I don't have a picture of the suspension system at the moment, but this one is pretty close in terms of wheel ...
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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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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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Replaced rear rotors and pads, now both rotors hot on first test drive

Yesterday I replaced the rotors and pads on my 09 Mini Cooper. I thought it went well, but in the first short test drive, it feels like the emergency brake is set a bit. I drove a half mile, and both ...
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What is this called - rear wheel edition?

A few weeks ago I heard a horrible sound when driving my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6, 4.0L, front disc rear drum) into work and when I parked my truck, I touched the left rear wheel and found that it was ...
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Loud squealing sound, only while driving (2002 Toyota 4Runner)

Wondering if someone can help me eliminate potential issues. Squealing, somewhat screechy, somewhat chirpy noise. No sound at all while parked, even reving up to 4,000 RPM. Sound starts while moving ...
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Stopping distance of a car

I want to calculate the stopping distance of a car from an OBD2 device. Say, I am driving at 30 kmph and apply my brakes hard. My car will skid and stop at a distance "x" meters from that point. This "...
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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, ...
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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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2003 chchevorlet S-10 pickup truck

My abs light comes on but then it goes away my problem is when im coming to a complete stop you hear a noise a little motor sound and then the left side driver side like it pulls to the right side it ...
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Is PTFE (Teflon) tape safe to use on brake bleeder valves?

There is a thread on the chemical composition of PTFE tape (Teflon tape) here: Master cylinder leak but my question is, will PTFE tape stand up to the heat generated by front disc brakes? Or, will ...
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Brakes to the floor HELP!

Please help, earlier this morning while driving from work, an young man was driving crazy on the freeway. He spin out of control hit 2 cars, then hit the semi-truck in front of me. Mind you we are all ...
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Brakes knock and make springing sounds shortly after starting to drive

I have a 2008 Yaris T3. It's been serviced regularly, and at the last service the brakes (front and hand brake discs) were checked, and skimmed. That was about 4 months ago. About two weeks ago, ...
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Brake Pads worn in under two months

Vehicle: 2000 Chevy Blazer 4WD 4.3L V6 Engine Current Symptoms (I suspect this might be the symptoms of 2 over-lapping problems?) Brake light comes on. It then goes off if I press the brake to the ...
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Honda Civic braking problems in warm climate

I have a 1991 Honda Civic wagon that loses braking power on hot days. I have it working for the initial press, but as I hold down the brakes I slowly lose braking. I have to repeatedly press at red ...
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Honda Accord bubbling / gurgling sound when braking first few times

I have a 2009 Honda Accord. All 4 brakes were recently serviced so I don't think this is related to pads or rotors needing attention. When I first start driving, when I hit the brakes, there is a ...
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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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Engine Braking Force

I've got a few questions regarding the force of a typical engine brake: 1.Which parts of my car influence its numerical value? 2.Is there a formula, which enables me to predict the numerical value, ...
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What type of Brake Lube to use

I am going to do a DIY brake job on my car and am trying to sort out how to lube everything. I found this helpful list of places to lube: What brake components need to be lubricated? but it does not ...
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Testing after complete brake job, no pressure while applying brakes

Context: Replaced the front disc brakes and back drums for a Nissan Altima 2001 Problem: The brakes don't have any pressure while applied, or in other words the pedal sinks to the floor. Their seem ...
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Brakes Smoking After Driving

I realized I had no brake pads. I was grinding metal on metal so I changed the rotors and put new brake pads on but still when I drive it for a little ways you can see black powder on the rims from ...
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My Jeep is making a squeaky noise when I apply the brakes and when I drive slowly it makes a clunking noise

I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I just bought it two weeks ago so I don't know much about it. They guy I got it off of said it has brand new brakes, rotors, and calipers. When I apply the ...
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Brakes not working after being parked up for 3 years on Jeep Grand Cherokee

After parking my jeep Grand Cherokee 1997 for 3 years, I've decided to get it back up and running. My problem is that the brakes are not working. I can pump the pedal but then it looses pressure again....
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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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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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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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Wheel rubbing/tight at one point per wheel revolution

On my 2005 BMW 320D, I recently (200 miles/1 month ago) noticed a rubbing noise coming from the front passenger side wheel. It is only really noticeable on smooth tarmac at slow speeds, but I did ...
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Ticking sound when stepping on Brake [closed]

I have this ticking sound somes when I press on the brake while is not moving and on Parking but the Engine is on.I changed the rear rotors, pads , and the right rear right caliper, but the sound is ...
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Replace the brake servo at 51k?

Vehicle: Infiniti G37 coupe 2008 Diagnosis: Some times I hear whistling coming from left part and brakes gets hard Is it normal to change the brake servo at 51,500 miles? What is the possibility ...
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Car doesn't like ceramic brake pads

I used to have a 96 Nissan Sentra with 1.6l. I had the car for a very long time and did at least 3 brake jobs on it. Every time i would change the pads and rotors I would try using ceramic brake pads. ...
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Loud High-Pitched brake squeal

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla with squeaking from brakes. Details: Very High Pitched Worse when wet / rainy Only happens within certain peddle range (stops if I press soft or real hard) Steadily goes ...
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Trying to order a part, shows up brake knuckle spindle assembly, but all are used for 98 civic? [closed]

I'm trying to order the hub assembly and brake knuckle spindle assembly for a 98 Honda Civic so that I don't have to do any press work with the bearings. On other vehicles the parts can be bought new ...
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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 ...