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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 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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Is downshifting on hills harmful for non-trucks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? Since the days of taking drivers ed (many years back). I was told that when you encounter a steep or ...
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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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My Car Squeals When Braking Even Though I've Had My Front Rotors Machined and Back Rotors Replaced and all new brake pads. What could it be?

I own a Toyota Soarer SC300 (1994), 2JZ motor non-turbo 3 litre engine. The engine is probably irrelevant, but provided for prosperity. Anyway, the front rotors were machined and are within the legal ...
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My brake fluid all left on short notice. What gives?

During the very cold weather (here in Ohio) recently, I noticed the brakes on my 2000 Chevy Malibu were a little soft, and made a mental note to attend to them promptly. Then, over the course of 24 ...
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When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?

I need to replace my rear brake pads. A mechanic suggested I also replace my rotors because they are rusted around the edges. The rotors are in fact quite rusted, however, there is no rust on the ...
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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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brake rotors- blank, slotted or drilled?

There is a lot of conflicting information whether slotted or drilled rotors perform better than blank rotors. For a street car that will do the occasional track day, which type of rotor should I get?
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What can cause warped rotors?

I have a forward rotor on my '04 Chrysler Sebring causing a lot of pulsation when braking. I replaced the rotor- but within about a month the problem had re-appeared. The guys at Monroe noticed my ...
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Brakes make grinding noise during stops at low speeds

I've got a Mazda B2300 pickup that's started making a grinding sound whenever I come to a stop. Braking at a high speed doesn't make any noise, but once I get under 25-30 MPH, the grinding sound gets ...
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I forgot to release the hand brake while I'm driving at around 4 to 5 km. what will happen to my rear brakes?

I forgot to release the hand brake while I'm driving at around 4 to 5km. What will happen to my rear brakes?
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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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Why would my electrical systems cut out when I brake?

So I told this little story to the dealership service department, and they were baffled. Never heard of anything like it in ten years, said they'd have to examine it very closely. Here's what ...
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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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Fix / Replace ABS module

I have an Audi A6, 2000. My ABS light is on, and the brake light blinks. I was told that the ABS module needed to be replaced at the cost of $850 minimum. Is there a way to get these things fixed ...
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What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?

I have a fairly new to me 2008 VW GTI (US model, aka "Golf GTI" in other parts of the planet) and am trying to figure out the specs for the brakes. Specifically, I'm trying to determine the exact size ...
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Wheel change/balance leading to continuous braking

So I go to get my wheels changed and balanced and I leave with the driver side rim heating up unnaturally even after driving just a few miles. The car stops unusually quickly. It's quite clear that ...
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If my brakes overheat, do they need to be replaced?

Let's say I take my car track racing, and during it, the hard braking leads my brakes to massively losing stopping power due to them overheating (a likely outcome on stock brakes). Or likewise, I take ...
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Squeaky Brakes: How much of a concern are they?

I recently bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a dealership. When we bought it, I noticed that the brakes were not working very well, and the dealer fixed them before we finalized, putting in a ...
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How can I verify my brakes are decent when I can't trust the mechanic who worked on them?

I took my car to my local chain repair shop last Saturday because the parking brake was nonfunctional -- the lever, when pressed, had no resistance, and was clearly not hooked up to anything. They ...
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Replace front brake pads and rotors?

I went to my Honda dealership for a B-1 service, and he came back saying that I needed to replace both my front brake pads and rotors. The quote for that is $531. I am wondering if I should go ahead ...
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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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Replace stop light switch cushion - 2003 Toyota Camry Altise

So my brake lights are always on and it is the stop light cushion. I have purchased a new one from the dealer and now need to replace. I have tried pointy nose pliers and they are just not working. I ...
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How do I assemble the rear brakes on a 2003 Chevy Tracker?

Went to replace the rear brake shoes and drums on a 2003 Chevy Tracker and when I pulled off the drum the adjuster, adjuster spring and pawl lever were not hooked up, they were just laying in there. ...
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Brakes go to the floor

Vehicle: 2000 Blazer v6 4.3L Symptoms: Brake goes to the floor before braking. You have to push hard to stop. Easy to "skid" tires. Brake light is on. The day before they worked perfectly fine, and ...
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Can I put the tires in the opposite direction on the rear-end on my front wheel drive configuration?

When using a front wheel drive car, the rear end is only used for braking. Is it a good idea (and if not, why) to "reverse" the tires so the tire threads are useful when braking? I know it might ...
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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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Changed my brake pads but brakes started smoking due to a stuck caliper (99 Honda Accord)

Long story short, I was doing a simple DIY brake pad change and it seems that the brake caliper got stuck (the the brake line seem to be slightly twisted). I went for a test drive in the neighbor and ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to lock wheels when ABS is working?

I have a Nissan Primera P12, which got ABS. When I normally brake, wheels don't lock and car comes to a stop as expected with any ABS system. Although if I'm travelling a bit fast and hit the brake ...
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Why rear disk brakes do not wear the pads even?

While changing the pads for my rear breaks (disk), I saw that while the external pads were all gone, the internal ones were at 1/3 to 1/2 only. Is this normal? Should I address this? What is the ...
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Is it necessary to flush brake fluid?

I have a 2005 Honda Element. The owners manual states the brake fluid should be "replaced" every 3 years. When I asked the dealer to replace the brake fluid, they said it was going to cost $190. ...
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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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Brakes gripping and causing skidding

I'm experiencing a problem with the brakes on my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I replaced almost every component of them over the course of the 2 years. Most of the replacements occurred in April 2012, ...
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Why does my engine perform poorly and get bad gas mileage after using fuel injector cleaner?

At the advice of someone at a local auto parts shop, I poured a bottle of fuel injector cleaner into my gas tank. This happened around the same time that I had a brake job done and rotated my tires. ...
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Did slamming on my brakes really fix them?

I have a 2006 Mazda 3 that until yesterday, had soft/spongy brakes. A few days ago I brought it to my local repair shop to take care of the problem, and $300 later, I had new front pads and machined ...
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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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Why is the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal

All cars I've encountered (here in the UK) have the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal. Is this a standard, world wide? I would have thought that for safety (getting to it quicker) you'd ...
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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 ...
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Ford Escape - Loud Brake Sounds in Reverse

2001 Ford Escape. I've recently had some work with the transmission done, but in the past 2 weeks or so, whenever I brake while in reverse, it makes a loud grinding sound. However, I've looked ...
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Can improper guide/lock pin installation cause a caliper to stick?

I had a brake caliper fail to release on me shortly after getting my car back from the shop (long story condensed is: took months to get done due to rust and lack of available parts from a wheel ...
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Intermittently sticky caliper

This is a front caliper on a 03 Mazda protege. The right brake overheated the other day. I tore it apart and one of the caliper bolts was pretty rusted. I got a new bolt, pads and greased the ...
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Do I really need a lathe to turn my rotors?

Last time I changed my brake pads (Toyota Tacoma v6 4WD), I did not get my rotors turned and was told I should have taken them to a mechanic to get it done. I was wondering if there is any ...