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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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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What are these loops in the brake line for?

I was watching a show on the Velocity network about truck modifications, and I saw the following closeup of the trucks master cylinder and booster. What I don't know is why the designers put the ...
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Cause of double trailer dump truck brake lockup

Earlier today I was driving behind a double-trailer dump truck configured something like this: As we approached a red light, the driver obviously applied the brakes, and for the last 50 or so feet ...
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1997 Ford Ranger brake pedal hard, air noise, not returning

Ever since I got a new motorcycle the truck has been sitting around, to the point that it has become alive with moss (we get a lot of rain and flexible temps, the truck is usually moist inside). I ...
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How do disk brake pistons retract?

If drum brakes consist of a several springs inside and outside the fluid cylinder to retract the brake shoes after braking, how disk brakes piston, that dont have any springs, can retract alone ...
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Brakes don't work

I have a 98 Chevy Blazer 4.3 liter I was driving down the road coming home when I went to apply the brakes the pedal went to the floor but I did not slow down nor stop I had to use a hill in order to ...
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After new brake rotor installation, white smoke come out of brake system

I installed new rotors and serviced my front brakes. I sprayed both sides of the new rotors with brake cleaner. I lubricated the caliper pins with this brake lubricant. I added the lubricant to the ...
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Brake lights no longer work on a Volvo V70

My car is an old (2001) Volvo V70. Last year I experienced intermittent failures of the brake lights, and it led my mechanic to exchange the break pedal switch. This seemed to work fine for some ...
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2013 Subaru Impreza brake noise and vibration [duplicate]

My 2013 Subaru Impreza makes a clunking noise when the breaks are applied suddenly. You can also feel the vibration coming from the floor of the passenger side.
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Missing part from a brake pad kit

I bought the following brake pad kit Wagner ThermoQuiet QC1293 Ceramic Disc Pad Set With Installation Hardware I expected the kit comes with all the hardware, However, the kit is missing the ...
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Toyota Camry 2007: The Brake Bleeder Screw is rusted and stuck

I am working on a Toyota Camry 2007 and one of the front brake bleeder screws is rusted and stuck badly. There are many videos on YouTube that suggest the use of torch and apply excess heat to the ...
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'Click' Sound on Applying Brake

I have 2014 Honda Civic; couple of months ago, my car's brakes started making a weird 'Clicking' sound when I would apply brakes first time after my car is parked for say around 30 mins or so. Once ...
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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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New car - soot on rims and slight burny smell

Just purchased a 2016 VW Golf Sportwagen. Since I drove it off the lot I've noticed a slight burning smell coming from the wheels (assumed this was brakes), and this evening I noticed a lot of ...
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Newly replaced brakes smoking

I just replaced my rear brakes on a 09 mustang ,and only one brake started smoking and had a bad smell. The smoking stopped but the smell is still there. Now the smell isnt to bad . I just need to ...
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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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Brake pedal bottoms out [on hold]

I have a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban. I changed the brake calipers because they were leaking. I think the brake system is working in the front but not in the back. Does anybody have a way to troubleshoot ...
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2000 Chevrolet Silverado brakes dragging, 4 new rotors, 4 sets of pads, new e-brake shoes, new front calipers

I recently replaced myself or had replaced all pads, all rotors, front calipers, rear guide pins and brackets, rear brake shoes, and rear e-brake hardware, as well as the e-brake cable on my 2000 ...
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Slow speed crunch/pop sound?

Having this issue that started recently. Hearing and feeling in the steering wheel and pedals crunch/pop sound when rolling slowly. On/off brakes doesn't seem to matter. In gear/off gear doesn't ...
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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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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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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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Motorcycle front brake lever too close to grip

The front brake lever on my 1998 Honda VFR is coming back way too close to the grip. This is since it came out of winter storage in April. It's an adjustable lever and I've changed it from 3 or so to ...
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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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Car gives knocking noise from front during braking

I have a 2002 BMW E39, the car gives a knocking noise when braking, which can be felt and heard from the front. Outside it is much louder than inside. Could this be caused by a rotten brake dust ...
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Transmission Dip stick reading at Hot level [closed]

I just bought a 2000 GMC Jimmy with 170,012 miles on it. Is it normal that it is reading hot on the dip stick of the tranny fluid? yes this is after its been running for awhile.Also the previous owner ...
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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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How do brake lines connect to their respective fittings?

I'm planning on replacing a leaky section of brake line for the rear driver side wheel on my 2004 Hyundai Getz 1.3 Gsi. The section of brake hose is relatively short, with one end connected to the ...
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At what point do you need to replace the calipers?

I bought my car in February 2013 with 49K miles. It now has 61K miles on it and my brakes are starting to squeak very gently, until I apply more pressure on the brake pedal. When I bought the car, I ...
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Revving and rattling sometimes when braking

My Tacoma has been making a strange revving and rattling sound when the truck is in motion and the brake or the clutch is pressed and the gas pedal is released. I couldn't reproduce the effect when ...
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Clicking type sound when braking at low speeds

Most of the time when I brake at low speeds I hear a clicking type sound, that is fairly faint. I do NOT hear squeaking, grinding or any high pitched noises that might indicate my brake pads are ...
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Mixing DOT 4 with DOT 4 synthetic

I couldn't see an existing question about this but please link to it if you know of one ... I should point out I'm English and the products described are bought in the UK, in case it makes a ...
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What is the proper way to bleed brakes and replace the fluid?

What is the proper way to replace the brake fluid in a car? What tools are required? I want to make sure I do not get any air or bubbles in the system as this is something that needs to be done right ...
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Should I resurface or replace my rotors everytime I replace brake pads?

I have heard it is proper practice to replace or resurface your brake rotors every time your do a brake pad replacement. Does this need to be done every single time or is it overkill? Maybe it is ...
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What causes brakes to pulsate right after rotor and pad replacement?

I have a 2002 Infiniti Q45. I replaced the front rotors and pads on Sunday. It was the first time I've done this on a car, though I have done it countless times on various motorcycles. I was careful ...
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03 Honda Civic Serious Brake Caliper Question

The car began to lose speed and I immediately got to the side of the road.The car was losing power. I noticed smoke from the wheel while still in the car once I stopped. in reverse and drive the car ...
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Trying to figure out if my rotors are bad? [closed]

2002 Volkswagen Passat I'm trying to figure out if my rotors needs to be changed out
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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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Mazda CX7 metallic pulsating sound when driving below 20 MPH

I have this issue with my CX7, when I drive at a regular speed, the car performs very well. Now when I release the gas pedal and brake the car makes no sound until it goes below 20 MPH, then I can ...
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Brake issues 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

Intermittently, my brake pedal will drop slightly, and there will be a loud clunking noise, metal on metal sounding. Normally happens at slow speeds, weather conditions don't seem to be a factor.
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Brakes pads changes and cutting rotors

My brakes started vibrating occasionally when slowing down on highways at high speeds. I have been realizing that the brakes feel low. I went to a shop for an oil change and the mechanic peeked in ...
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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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'04 Daewoo Nubira brakes keep sticking on after disc and pad replacement

On my '04 Daewoo Nubira I have been and had new discs and pads all round and now the brakes keep sticking on, I have been advised I now need new calipers all round, how can I tell if its them or that ...
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2010 Toyota Matrix - Brake Shake Highway Speeds

I just replaced all four corners pads and rotors with the Power Stop Economy kit off Rock Auto and I'm having horrible shaking while braking at highway speeds. All slide pins have been re-greased and ...
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Brake fade and spongy brakes at high speeds

I was driving my girlfriends Ford Fiesta last week and it started to experience brake fade. It always happened after driving the car at higher speeds over 100kmh (60 MPH). The brake pedal became ...
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2011 Jetta rear brake drum removal

Can anyone tell me how to remove rear brake drum from a 2011 VW Jetta? I can't tell if it should just pull off or does the center hub nut need to be removed. Thanks for any help.
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Car shaking when braking

I got a used car. I notice that on speeds higher than 80Km and when I brake, the car shakes. The shaking is very soft, it is not tough and it is not every time. I noticed it twice on a 2 hours journey ...
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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?
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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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Brakes getting tight on their own

I own a Ford Focus ZX4 LE 2.0 engine. This is on my Android so bullet points are not available. But I would explain as good as I can. -The problem I have is when I drive anywhere either on the ...