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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Brake pads finished on only 1 front wheel

I went in to Midas to get my brake pads finished beginning around Feb this year. 2 days back my brakes start screeching. I drive and when they are changed I realize the two brake pads on 1 front ...
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2004 chevy silverado 1500 brake pedal is loose after turning the engine on

I replaced the pads rotors and calipers on the rear of my truck along with a new master cylinder and cannot get what seems to be the air out of the lines. The brakes will appear to work until I start ...
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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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What does the dust shield behind the brakes do?

Behind the brake rotors is a dust shield. I'm interested in removing the dust shields on my car because I'm looking to install larger calipers than what my car originally came with. What is the ...
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Any way to assess my brake disc condition?

I have a problem with my handbrake (bear with me now). So I went to the service to have them check it out. The mechanic took a 10 second look at my car and told me I needed to change both of my brake ...
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Why is it necessary to pump the brakes while bleeding them?

I was just wondering, whenever I visit any site it says pump the brake pedal three times then keep pressing it, what is the actual benefit of pumping it? And why not just press down the brake pedal ...
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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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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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What is compromised with rebuilt calipers?

I'm looking at upgrading the brakes on my vehicle with a larger set. As such, I'm looking at calipers and came across a set that were rebuilt. Specifically, the calipers have had helicoils installed ...
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Loud Clicking/Groaning sound when braking at low speed

So recently my brake( rear driver side) has been making a really loud Clicking/Groaning sound, sorry that is the best I can explain the sound. It happens after driving for a while and the sound ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brake pad and caliper seizing

I changed my brake pad,caliper and rotor for all 4. its a 2004 Nissan Murano. After that, when I am driving inside the city for an hour or so and perform frequent braking, the front right side brake ...
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Oldsmobile Alero (2004) brake issue

I was driving this car around yesterday quite a bit with no problems, when I stopped to go into a store for a few minutes. After I came out, I started the car, and the brakes went right to the floor ...
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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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Is grinding the “ear” of a disc brake pad ok to make it fit?

I searched this but no luck finding an answer. I recently did a disk brake rotor and pad replacement on a friends car. One of the pads would not fit in the allocated space in the caliper frame. The ...
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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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brakes wont bleed after replacing lines from mc back 98 gmc jimmy

98 gmc jimmy 4.3 liter. brake pedal to floor after ok previous day. eventually stops me although don't stop on dime. hubby replaced lines from mc back (rubber and metal) part of line. Tried to bleed ...
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2003 Impala no brake lights

My 2003 Chevy Impala has no brake lights. Checked all the fuses, checked the brake switch and bulbs. I do have my 3rd brake light on the top of my trunk and I have all my other lights but no brake ...
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2001 Chevy Cavilier brake issue

Recently every time I brake for a long period of time, for instance at a red light, the brake goes all the way down to the floor. Then when I go to accelerate after, I barely touch the gas pedal and ...
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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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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?
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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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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 the rear brakes on a 1995 Chevy 1500 self-adjust?

I was told that by setting the parking brake each time the truck is parked, the shoe-brakes would self adjust. Is this true? There are no access holes on the back plate for manual adjustment.
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Proper way to stop auto transmission car

I'm just having my first auto transmission car, with press to start button. How I start the car Press the brake pedal Press the "press to start" button to turn on engine Move gear from "P" to "R" (...
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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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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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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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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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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 soot/...
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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 [closed]

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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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 ...