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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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). ...
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The brakes on my vehicle continue to pulsate, even with new rotors and pads

I've replaced the rotors and the brake pads so far, but the brakes continue to pulsate whenever they are applied. The slides on the caliper are not stuck or frozen, but I think they may be the problem....
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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 ...
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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 (...
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Is my Forester's caliper bracket bolt hole stripped?

While replacing my calipers and their mounting brackets, I passed a tap through the bolt holes on the wheel hub assembly that secure the bracket, to clean up the threads. The tap's movement felt ...
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Strange electrical issue with after market brake lights

I've got a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. About 3 years ago I put LED brake lights on. They worked great until just a couple days ago, when the drivers side stopped working. Shortly after, they started working ...
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Is it normal for stop distance to be long on brand new brake pads?

I just had the brake pads replaced in my car. As I left the shop I noticed coming to a complete stop took longer distance or needed a fair bit more force on the pedal. Is this normal? Will the ...
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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 braking,...
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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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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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While driving, my handbrake gets automatically engaged (maybe)

I own a Hyundai Accent. I drove it for around 800kms yesterday. All was fine until I was close to my house. I heard a noise coming from the rear wheel as if the wheel was stuck. After a while, ...
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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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Motorcycle: Irregular brake bite (front single disk)

My motorcycle's front brake is giving a irregular bite. I don't know how to express it in words please check the illustration below. --------$^^^^^^^^-^-^-^-^-^^--^^^---^^^^^^----^^^| ~60Kmph ...
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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 ...
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Modest braking sounds similar to squealing tires

When I'm braking at a stop sign, I'm hearing a sound that sounds like a high pitched tire squeal; it's like a mix between tire squeal and the constant chirp from a bad belt, and it's coming from the ...
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Brakes slide when pressing on them

I own a 2001 Hyundai Sonata, and when I go press on my brakes, the car will slow down, but when I press down on them hard (for an immediate stop) they slide for some reason. Is this common? I've put ...
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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 ...
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Rear drum brakes will not release

I have a 2010 GMC Canyon. When you first start up and put the vehicle in gear the breaks will not release.if you accelerate then it will pop and release. This will happen the first two or three times ...
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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 ...
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popping noise on 07 charger

So my car a while now has been making a popping noise and it's gotten worse. Everytime I step on the brake something from the bottom of my car pops most of the time when I turn the steering wheel it ...
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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.
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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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Should I replace the disc?

Recently, my car began to make very loud noises whenever I used the brakes. At first, I didn't suspect the brake pads because I thought they were still able to undergo a few thousand kilometre. To be ...
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custom built silicon carbide discs

My toyota corolla CE110 brake performance is not to the expectation, it takes an unusual amount of distance and requires comparatively hard braking to get it to stop. I had checked it by a mechanic ...
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Clicking of Brakes

My vehicle was recently in a accident involving a raccon (go figure) and did a lot of damage. I already had it checked out and they said it needed alot body work and possible wheel alignment. However ...
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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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Brake fluid to be used on a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair

I have a 60 Corvair and have never changed the Brake Fluid. I am planning to flush out the old fluid and replace it. What brake fluid should I replace it with. Dot 2,3,or 4
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Braking causes steering wheel vibration

I replaced my front brake pads less than a year ago. I now am having a steering wheel vibration when I brake and believe my rotors are warped. I checked my pads and they have a lot of pad left on them....
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Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?

Background I drive a 1989 BMW 325i, and a few months ago I got a brake lining warning light. I gladly took the opportunity to upgrade from OEM rotors and pads to nice, shiny, new cross-drilled and ...
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2010 Hyundai Accent brakes squeal/stick when wet

I've noticed that my 2010 Hyundai Accent has a peculiar issue. If it's raining and I first start driving and apply the brakes, maybe the first two or three times as I'm approaching a stop the brakes ...
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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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The brake pedal goes down to the floor after replacing the rear rotors and pads on my 2010 highlander

I have replaced rear brake pads and rotors on my 2010 highlander and right after I went to take the car for the test drive the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor. There is no leak anywhere. I ...
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No resistance when depressing brakes with no leaks in system

I heard a loud pop, and now the brake pedal has no resistance. There are no leaks in the system. I tried a master cylinder and bleeding the brakes. Still the pedal goes down easy and comes up slow. ...
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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 ...
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Help! 2005 Mazda 3 brakes

I noticed recently that my brake goes soft and almost to the floor. Several months ago I had new brakes put on and I just took it in again to bleed the brakes. I just picked up the car and the brakes ...
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How do I get the brakes on my old car feeling like new?

Even after a fresh brake and rotor job, my brakes still don't have that new feel on the pedal, there's still a lot of travel before I stop what am I missing? I've never bled the brakes, replaced any ...
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Adjust brakes in 2005 Lexus rx 330 as a DIY?

Can I adjust the brakes? what tools are needed? Is it a big job?
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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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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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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 ...